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Royal Air Force News Friday, April 19, 2019 P11

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 Warrior nations

 F-35 stealth fighter debut on

                                                                                                    TRAINING MISSION: F-35, top,
                                                                                                    Typhoon, inset, and Rivet Joint,
                                                                                                    inset below
 Nato’s UK- based war game

        AN ESTIMATED 10,000 troops  Typhoons is a simulated recovery of  Lossiemouth,  Prestwick  and  battlespace during the two-week   Nato training aims and forms a
        from 13 nations, including 800  a downed pilot under the control of   Stornoway airports as well as   exercise.        crucial part of the Alliance’s exercise
        RAF airmen and women, are  an E-3 AWACS surveillance aircraft  from Leeming, Coningsby,           MAcr Ash said: “Joint   programme.
        taking part in the multinational  supported by Voyager air-to-air  Mildenhall,  Marham            exercises  like  this  Among the nations taking
        joint training mission which takes  refuelling tankers.    and Brize Norton.                       are critical for UK   part in Nato’s biannual big-ticket
        place in the UK every six months.  Typhoons from 1(F) Sqn and   Ground forces will                 platforms  to provide   training drill are Belgium, Canada,
          This year the  Air Force  is  6 Sqn are operating alongside  focus on working with               interoperability,   Denmark,   Estonia,  France,
        contributing to the 59 aircraft which  UK  F-35s  carrying  out  a  range  of  close air support at the   share knowledge and   Germany, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania,
        will operate alongside 35 warships and  surface-to-air and air-to-surface  RAF bombing range at    develop cutting edge   the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, the
        five submarines from Allied nations.  combat missions over land and sea.   Tain, supported by the   tactical procedures.”  UK and the US.
          Air units will coordinate with   A  spokesman  added:  “We  are  Spadeadam Electronic             The exercise has also   Defence  Secretary  Gavin
        maritime and land forces, exercising  conducting joint operations against  Warfare Training Range in   delivered a chance for   Williamson said: “Led by the UK,
        Intelligence,  Surveillance  and  a range of current and future  Cumbria.                     RAF crews to work alongside   Joint Warrior allows key Nato allies
        Reconnaissance (ISR), air defence,  threats. This has involved a range of   The RAF’s Rivet Joint surveillance  a US Navy-operated Poseidon   to tackle complex warfare scenarios
        air mobility and attack.      air, surface, sub-surface, sea control  and intelligence gathering aircraft  P8 ahead of the maritime patrol   to ensure that the international
          Among the scenarios being  and maritime security roles.”  operated by 51 Sqn is providing  aircraft’s delivery to the UK in 2020.   community stands fit and ready to
        played out by the F-35s and     Jets  will  operate  from  RAF  communications  links  across the  Joint Warrior is closely aligned to   work to face any threat together.”

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