RAAF joins US and Japan in training exercise

The RAAF has joined air forces from the Unit­ed States and Japan in Guam for Exer­cise COPE NORTH, a joint train­ing exer­cise to enhance tac­ti­cal skills and joint oper­a­tional capa­bil­i­ty.

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Source: Aus­tralian Depart­ment of Defence

This is the first time the RAAF has par­tic­i­pat­ed in Exer­cise COPE NORTH, a bi‑annual exer­cise his­tor­i­cal­ly for the Unit­ed States Air Force and the Japan­ese Air Self-Defense Force that start­ed in 1978.

RAAF Super Hor­nets and Air­borne Ear­ly Warn­ing and Con­trol Wed­getail air­craft, along with 300 Air Force per­son­nel are par­tic­i­pat­ing in the air defence exer­cise.

Com­man­der of the Aus­tralian con­tin­gent for the exer­cise, Group Cap­tain Geof­frey Har­land, said the exer­cise will pro­vide excel­lent oppor­tu­ni­ties for RAAF per­son­nel to inte­grate with a joint task force to learn how oth­er coun­tries oper­ate.

“Exer­cise COPE NORTH will allow the air­crew to devel­op an appre­ci­a­tion of the capa­bil­i­ties and strengths of the dif­fer­ent air­craft types which is valu­able train­ing for air com­bat and Sur­veil­lance and Response Group per­son­nel who may be required to oper­ate in a coali­tion envi­ron­ment in the future.”

The inter­na­tion­al air­craft com­pris­es the USAF’s F‑16s, B‑52s, F‑15Cs, F‑16CJs and KC-135, and JASDF’s F‑15Js, F2s and E2Cs. More than 1,000 mil­i­tary per­son­nel from around the world are expect­ed to par­tic­i­pate.

Dur­ing Exer­cise COPE NORTH, Num­ber 37 Squadron’s C‑130 will also par­tic­i­pate in a sep­a­rate exer­cise on human­i­tar­i­an assis­tance and dis­as­ter relief.

The exer­cise will run from the 13 to 24 Feb­ru­ary.

Press release
Min­is­te­r­i­al Sup­port and Pub­lic Affairs,
Depart­ment of Defence,
Can­ber­ra, Aus­tralia

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