RAAF F/A-18 Hornets have conducted a “familiarisation sortie” with Japan Air Self Defence Force (JASDF) F-15 fighters, the first time aircraft from the two air arms have exercised together in a bilateral environment.
The flight, conducted on July 14 during Exercise Red Flag Alaska, involved 3SQN F/A-18s and F-15s from the JASDF’s No 4 Air Wing, and was a prelude to 3SQN’s visit to Misawa Air Base in Japan for a four day exchange visit.
“This level of high end engagement offered the important opportunity to build on the strong friendship between Australia and Japan,” said CO 3SQN, WGCDR Terry van Haren.
3SQN arrived at Misawa on July 25 as it transited Japan on its return to Australia from Red Flag Alaska.
“Now that we have arrived in Japan, we will hold a cultural and dialogue exchange at Misawa to further develop the strong bonds fostered between the two nations during Red Flag. The four day exchange program includes several cultural activities and capability briefs to enhance shared cooperation and military appreciation between the Australian and Japanese fighter squadrons.”