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RAAF F/A-18 Hornets formate with JASDF F-15Js and a JASDF Boeing KC-767J tanker during an Exercise Red Flag Alaska sortie on July 14. Commonwealth of Australia/81TIF Combat Camera 87 Sqn/Cpl David Gibbs

‹ Return to RAAF and JASDF Fighters Complete First Training Together at Red Flag Alaska

F/A-18 Hornets from No 3 Squadron join in formation with Japan Air Self Defence Force F-15s and a Boeing 767 air-to-air refueller during Exercise Red Flag Alaska 11-2.

Seven F/A-18 Hornets from RAAF Williamtown’s No 3 Squadron in NSW are participating in world-class air combat training in the skies above Alaska from 11 until 22 July. The fighter jets will operate from Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, to participate in the most advanced international air combat training activity, Exercise Red Flag.

Red Flag is a United States Pacific Air Forces Command led large force employment exercise designed to replicate a high-end combat environment. This is one of the largest exercises Australia will participate in this year. Regular participation in the Red Flag exercise series is a major contributor to Australia’s high standard of air combat capability.

The coalition exercise will involve participants from Australia, Japan, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and the United States.

Red Flag Alaska is a large-forces exercise conducted in interior Alaska to simulate air combat. Australia last participated in Red Flag Alaska in 2008 and has participated in the exercise series since 1980.


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