RAAF 75 Squadron Hornet and 37SQN C-130J aircraft are currently deployed to Andersen AFB, Guam to take part in Cope North 2014, which began on February 14.
The exercise involves, according to a US Air Force statement, “a full spectrum of fighters, bombers, transport, refuelling and command and control aircraft from the US, JASDF, and RAAF designed to improve combat readiness, develop a synergistic disaster response, and increase interoperability between partner nations.”
“Cope North is a tremendous opportunity for nations in our region to train together at Andersen building a common set of tactics, techniques and procedures” said Brig Gen Steven Garland, 36th Wing Commander. “We live in a very dynamic region of the world and the airmen participating this year in our largest Cope North to date, all recognise the value provided to the region from great team work.”
RAAF exercise director GPCAPT Glen Beck said: “We live in a region with lots of natural disasters. The RAAF isn’t very large so we are always grateful for training opportunities; this is the largest international exercise we do and it’s definitely the largest footprint.”