Australia, Japan, US 22nd Air Force Co-op Training Preparation

The Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) and the United States Air Force (USAF) will work with the Japanese Self-Defense Forces for the 2022 Corp North Military Exercise in Guam in February.

Trilateral training will take place from February 2nd to 18th and will focus on strengthening the interoperability of the Royal Australian Air Force, the US Air Force and the Japan Air Self-Defense Force.

This is the first joint military exercise since Australia and Japan signed a historic defense pact in early January.

Mutual recognition agreements (the only such agreement in Japan) enhance interoperability between the Australian Defense Force and the Japanese Self-Defense Forces, including the purpose of humanitarian response.

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Royal Australian Air Force Major, Major Nathan Yabsley is an executive officer of the Monitoring and Control Training Unit (SACTU) based in Williamtown, RAAF, near Newcastle, New South Wales, on September 27, 2021. (LACW Katherine Kelly / ADF).

During Corp North 22, the Allies will work to increase interoperability by combining tactics, techniques, and procedures to provide humanitarian and disaster relief.

It also provides the opportunity for trilateral pilots to practice in an environment where many aircraft operate at once.

“The commander of the Royal Australian Air Force Task Unit, Andrew Mack Hugh Group Captain, said:

“Through Corp North 22, we will deepen our relationship and strengthen our involvement with the USAF’s Pacific Air Forces and the National Self-Defense Forces to contribute to the common vision of an open, inclusive and resilient Indo-Pacific. Focuses on. “

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C-27J Spartan aircraft on the hard stand of the 35th Squadron at RAAF Amberley, Queensland, October 19, 2021. (CPL Jesse Kane / ADF)
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On August 19, 2020, during the Exercise Lightning Storm in Queensland, the Royal Australian Air Force’s F-35A Lightning II aircraft will be taxied for a sortie. (CPL Melina Young / ADF)

RAAF deploys early alert control aircraft, E-7A wedge tail, transport aircraft C-27J Spartan, KC-30A multirole tanker transport aircraft, and F-35A Lightning II stealth fighter with a focus on emergency response squadrons. To do. About humanitarian and disaster relief training.

“CopeNorth22 will strengthen the capabilities of the Trilateral Army against HADR in the Indo-Pacific and ensure a very effective and professional response when needed,” McHugh said.

“We will develop an intelligent and skilled workforce through exercises such as Corp North, provide the opportunity to work as a joint force between the United States and Japan, and enable employees to provide air power when needed. I’m working on doing it. “

Caden Pearson


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