Ämari Air Base

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Ämari
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A-10's of Michigan Air National Guard at Ämari Air Base in 2012.
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Summary
Airport type Military
Operator Estonian Air Force, NATO
Serves Keila
Elevation AMSL 67 ft / 20 m
Coordinates 59°15′44″N 024°13′07″E / 59.26222°N 24.21861°E / 59.26222; 24.21861Coordinates: 59°15′44″N 024°13′07″E / 59.26222°N 24.21861°E / 59.26222; 24.21861
Map
EEEI is located in Estonia
EEEI
EEEI
Location in Estonia
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
06/24 2,750 9,022 Asphalt/Concrete
Sources: Estonian AIP[1]

Ämari Air Base [note 1] (ICAO: EEEI) is a military airbase in Harjumaa, Estonia located 7 km (4.3 mi) south of Lake Klooga and 20 nautical miles (37 km; 23 mi) southwest of Tallinn.[1] The length of the runway does not include a 250 m (820 ft) overrun at each end.

History[edit]

In Soviet times, Ämari was home to 321 and/or 170 MShAP (321st and/or 170th Naval Shturmovik Aviation Regiment) flying Su-24 aircraft.[2]

Estonian Air Force Air Surveillance Wing was created on 1 January 1998 and is located at the Ämari Air Base.

After Estonia's accession to NATO in 2004, Ämari Air Base was made NATO interoperable. In September 2010, the renewed runway was officially inaugurated.[3]

Current use[edit]

Since April 2014, Ämari Air Base has hosted NATO Baltic Air Policing patrols.[4] On 30 April 2014 this mission began with the arrival of four Danish F-16s.[5]

During 2015 it was announced that the aerial assets from the American Operation Atlantic Resolve would be based there.[6]

In September 2015, Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor fighters visited Ämari.[7]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Also given in references as Suurküla (original Estonian name), Vasalemma, Emari, Suurkyul, Shuurkyul, and Shuurkul - last forms of the Estonian names are derivates of names Russian-speaking military personnel used when it was used by the Soviet military."

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