Powered by MOMENTUM MEDIA

Website Notifications

Get notifications in real-time for staying up to date with content that matters to you.

RAAF to test skills in Guam

an fa  a hornet
An F/A-18A Hornet. Image via Commonwealth of Australia, Department of Defence.

Royal Australian Air Force personnel have deployed to Guam to participate in Exercise Cope North 18, an annual high-end air combat and humanitarian assistance exercise.

Royal Australian Air Force personnel have deployed to Guam to participate in Exercise Cope North 18, an annual high-end air combat and humanitarian assistance exercise.

Up to 12 F/A-18A Hornets from RAAF Base Williamtown No. 77 Squadron will participate in Exercise Cope North, operating alongside aircraft from the US and Japan.

Advertisement
Advertisement

The exercise aims to develop and improve combat readiness, humanitarian assistance procedures and increase the interoperability between the US, Australia and Japan. The focus of the exercise will be the deployment and redeployment of combat support capabilities and the conduct of aeromedical evacuation, security forces and airfield operations.

Australian Commander for the Exercise, Group Captain Ben Sleeman, said there are great opportunities to gain from Cope North.

"This is the seventh year Australia has participated in the exercise and every year we gain a further appreciation of how our equipment, aircraft and personnel operate together in this environment," GPCAPT Sleeman said.

"A C-27J Spartan aircraft from RAAF Base Richmond will also deploy for the first time on Exercise Cope North as part of the humanitarian assistance scenario, and will provide aeromedical evacuation and air logistics support from Guam.

"Cope North gives us the opportunity to validate the effectiveness of our new platforms such as the C-27J Spartan in complex scenarios, as well as the training of its crew."

PROMOTED CONTENT

In addition, a combat support element and aeromedical evacuation team will deploy to enhance interoperability.

Exercise Cope North is held at Andersen Air Force Base in Guam and hosted by the US Pacific Air Forces. The exercise wraps up on 2 March.

 

RAAF to test skills in Guam
An-FA-18A-Hornet-.jpg
lawyersweekly logo

The inaugural Defence Connect AIC Summit will place you with key decision-makers and stakeholders within the defence industry to discuss the government’s intention to improve AIC and increase the nation’s sovereign production, defence capability and resilience. Don’t miss your chance to be part of this event, register for free today to attend the live stream on 22 October. Register your interest to attend, visit: www.defenceconnect.com.au/aic-summit

more from defence connect

Sep 17 2021
FTS Group continues growth in ANZ rebranded as Atturra
FTS Group, an Australian technology consulting and services business, has announced its rebrand to Atturra. ...
Sep 17 2021
Babcock Australasia tips hat to AUKUS deal
The global defence company had lauded Australia’s new nuclear submarine arrangement with its major allies. ...
Sep 17 2021
ASC welcomes full-cycle docking decision
The shipbuilding company is revamping its workforce following the government’s decision to indefinitely sustain the Collins Clas...