Air Task Force – Romania Visits Romanian 86th Air Force Base
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By Captain Mathew Strong, Air Task Force – Romania Operation REASSURANCE, Public Affairs
A CF-188 and members of the Canadian Armed Forces’ (CAF) Air Task Force (ATF) in Romania visited the Romanian Air Force (RoAF)’s 86th Air Force Base on Friday, September 22, 2017.
The ATF’s reason for visiting was to work with its Romanian counterparts. They shared procedures and experience related to arrestor cables, as well as CF-188 Hornet emergency procedures.
The 86th Air Force Base, located in Borcea, Romania, is home to the RoAF’s newest fighter aircraft, the F-16 Fighting Falcon. It boasts state-of-the-art facilities including the latest in arrestor gear technology. Arrestor gear is the machinery used to rapidly decelerate an aircraft as it lands.
“The Romanian Air Force’s facilities at Borcea are extremely impressive, and demonstrate their commitment to being strong members of the NATO alliance,” said Major Marc-Andre La Haye, Acting Commander, Air Task Force – Romania.
“For us as an Air Task Force, these facilities provide us with a viable back up option to our primary operations at MK Air Base,” he added. “If our aircraft must divert to Borcea for weather or as part of another contingency, they do so knowing they have a safe and reliable place to land among friends.”
The arrestor gear equipment at Borcea is brand new and was built to the latest international standards. It had gone through rigorous testing and confirmation prior to its use by the ATF’s CF-188 Hornets. This visit and the demonstration of the equipment further confirmed its ability to support normal and emergency operations.
Beyond the use of the arrestor gear, the visiting members of the ATF worked alongside their counterparts in the RoAF, sharing information and procedures for emergency CF-188 operations. Should an unlikely ground emergency occur, fire and rescue crews from the RoAF are now prepared to safely assist and extract CAF aircrew from the situation.
Members of the ATF have plans to continue working with their partners in the RoAF. Doing so will further enable their combined operations and learn from their collective experience.
The ATF in Romania is deployed in support of Block 45 of NATO enhanced Air Policing, which is part of NATO assurance and deterrence measures introduced in 2014.
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