Italy and Greece will begin air policing Montenegro on 5 June, a year after the Balkan nation joined NATO, the alliance announced on 29 May.
The Italian and Greek aircraft conducting Montenegrin air policing will be on quick reaction alert based in their home countries.
Montenegrin airspace will be policed under the same model used for Albanian airspace since it became a NATO member in 2009.
Albanian air policing is in turn similar to that used for Slovenia since 2004, since when the country’s airspace has been covered by Italy and Hungary. NATO’s Combined Air Operations Centre (CAOC) in Torrejon, Spain, responsible for air policing south of the Alps, decides on a case-by-case basis which nation will scramble fighters based on the location of the air incident being responded to.
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