A year on from Montenegro joining NATO, NATO has started air patrols over the country which does not have its own fighter jets.
NATO Allies Italy and Greece have begun air patrols over Montenegro on 5 June 2018. Montenegro joined NATO in June last year. NATO air policing missions protect the skies of those Allies that do not have their own air force. There are currently several of these air policing missions across Europe. NATO air policing is a long-running, routine mission to safeguard the integrity of the Alliance’s airspace, a core task of NATO’s collective defence.
Footage includes various shots of Greek and Italian aircraft simulating an interception over Montenegro.
(00:00) Montenegro’s Minister of Defence Mr Predrag Bošković meets Brigadier General Roberto Di Marco, Deputy Commander of the NATO DACC and Italian Major General Silvano Frigerio, Commander of Air Force Combat Forces
(00:10) Wide shot of Montenegrin coastline
(00:15) Montenegro’s Minister of Defence Mr Predrag Bošković and Italian Major General Silvano Frigerio, Commander of Air Force Combat Forces observe a simulated intercept of a Montenegrin government aircraft.
(00:25) Various shots Greek and Italian jets performing interception of Montenegrin Learjet 45.
(02:32) Greek F-16D Fighting Falcon during a flyover over Podgorica Air Base
(02:40) Montenegrin Honor guards shake hands with officials
(02:48) Various shots - Montenegrin shoulder patches
(03:07) Various scenic shots of Montenegro
(04:04) Wide shot – Montenegrin Learjet 45
(04:12) SOUNDBITE (ENGLISH) Brigadier General Roberto Di Marco, Deputy Commander of the NATO DACC
“Montengro can rely on NATO as NATO can rely on Montenegro. It’s equal in two ways, the relationship between NATO and Montenegro as a country and NATO as NATO, this is the main concept for us.”
(04:47) SOUNDBITE (ENGLISH) Montenegro’s Minister of Defence Mr Predrag Bošković
“We feel great, we feel more secure, that we really belong to the union of 29 countries equally for one table we do feel great to belong to one of the greatest alliance to have happened in the world.”
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