NATO Allies Italy and Greece have begun air patrols over Montenegro on 5 June 2018. Montenegro joined NATO in June last year. As the country does not have its own fighter planes, it has asked Allies to help secure its airspace.
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 defense.