The Royal Air Force sent four Typhoons and two F-35Bs to Finland and Sweden for joint exercises.

It comes just weeks after Finland and Sweden applied to join NATO and is part of an “increased presence in the region”, the RAF said.

The presence was invited by two countries.

Defense Secretary Ben Wallace said: “Finland and Sweden are important defense partners and we welcome their applications to join NATO, which will make the alliance stronger as we face a new threat in Europe.

“These deployments underscore our determination to strengthen this partnership and ensure that our forces can work together seamlessly.”

British fighter jets carried out “high-level combat training” with Finnish F-18 Hornets and Swedish Gripen, the RAF said.

Swedish Defense Minister Peter Hultqvist said the joint exercise “strengthens our ability to act together in response to a crisis in our neighborhood.”

“This is especially important in today’s complex security environment.”

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The UK signed declarations of mutual security guarantees with Finland and Sweden in May.

They are also members of the British-led Joint Expeditionary Force, a 10-nation coalition.

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