Will the EU ever say ‘thank you’ to the United Kingdom for defending its territory?
RAF deploys fighter jets and Expeditionary Air Wing personnel to EU’s Romania
Montage © Facts4EU.Org 2022
Once again, Brexit Britain flies to the protection of the EU
On Saturday the Ministry of Defence announced that British Typhoon jets and Royal Air Force personnel are deploying to Romania. They will operate as part of NATO’s ‘Air Policing mission’ for the Black Sea region, on the EU’s eastern flank.
The RAF Typhoon jets are from No.3 (Fighter) Squadron and are normally based at RAF Coningsby. They will be conducting the NATO Air Policing mission from Mihail Kogalniceanu Air Base on the Romanian Black Sea coast.
Photo courtesy of MoD, Typhoons in Romania, Sat 26 Mar 2022
Air Vice-Marshal Philip Robinson, Air Officer Commanding 11 Group said:
“The arrival of our personnel and equipment in the region highlights the RAF’s continued commitment and contribution to the NATO Air Policing mission in Romania.
“During the deployment, we will be working alongside our Romanian and other NATO partners, enabling the delivery of the mission and protecting and reassuring our allies, whilst building confidence and maintaining deterrence.”
- Air Vice-Marshal Phil Robinson, OBE, DFC, 26 Mar 2022
Air Vice-Marshall Phil Robinson is a Chinook pilot who has been three times been awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC), for service during the War in Afghanistan and the Iraq War.
British troops on the ground in the EU
This mission does not only commit British fighter jets. It is also supported by the deployment of 150 RAF personnel currently based at RAF Wittering, who form the Headquarters of an Expeditionary Air Wing (EAW).
Members of the No 1 Expeditionary Logistics Squadron and No 2 Mechanical Transport Squadron will also be sustaining the Typhoon jets during the mission.
Air policing is a purely defensive operation which began in 1961 during the Cold War. The mission ensures the security and integrity of all NATO Alliance’s airspace. This is monitored by operations centres and where it is assessed that an interception is required, NATO aircraft can be scrambled as part of a Quick Reaction Alert.
The EU’s weak record on defence
We have previously reported many times on the appallingly low levels of defence spending amongst EU countries. Two weeks ago the new German Chancellor finally announced that Germany’s defence spending would increase from 1.2% to 2% of GDP – the NATO minimum.
For years Germany has consistently underspent on defence. The deficit is now so large that even if the German Chancellor had announced an increase to 10% of GDP in an effort to catch up, it would take years for the Germans to have an effective force.
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Germany has a significant arms industry which sells to countries in the EU and around the world. Sadly it has not been able to supply its own armed forces sufficiently, due to insufficient federal budgets for decades.
And finally, who was in charge of German defence for six years?
Germany’s Defence Minister from 2013 to 2019 was one Ursula von der Leyen. She was regularly described in the German media as Germany’s least effective minister.
She was then parachuted into Brussels by Angela Merkel in 2019 and appointed as EU Commission President.
Ursula von der Leyen when she was Germany's Defence Minister.
Photo right: credit Handelsblatt
We must take defence seriously
Several years ago Facts4EU.Org called for the UK’s defence expenditure to be doubled – to a minimum of 4% of GDP. We were concerned by President Putin in particular and by China’s growing bellicosity and its actions in the South China Sea.
How we wish the Government had listened back then.
Defence spending is similar to spending on insurance premiums. You hope never to have to make a claim. But when you do, the protection must be there.
The EU continues to rely on the United Kingdom’s military power
When it comes to the EU, in our report above we have provided further evidence of how the United Kingdom continues to protect the EU’s eastern flank, in the absence of effective defence by most EU countries.
This is in addition to the UK’s commitment in protecting the EU’s northern flank as we reported two weeks ago, and on its southern flank.
It almost defies belief that the EU describes itself as a peace project. To ensure peace it is essential to have full defensive capabilities. The EU does not have these, and many of its member countries are not even members of Nato – which HAS defended the peace for the last seven decades.
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