F-35B Lightning aircraft from 617 Squadron joined F-16 and F-35 aircraft from the Royal Netherlands Air Force, F-16s from the Royal Belgian Air Force and USAF F-15s from Lakenheath in a joint training exercise over the North Sea recently.

The RAF say that the exercise gave invaluable interoperability training with NATO and Joint Expeditionary Force (JEF) partners and was an opportunity to enhance the collective defence partnership with the Dutch, Belgian and US Air Forces further.

A Voyager tanker from Brize Norton also took part supporting the exercise with the re-fuelling of each platform. This further demonstrated the partnership and sharing of capabilities with aircraft from other nations.

With 617 Squadron recently returning from their training exercise with HMS Queen Elizabeth this provided another opportunity for the pilots to gain broader experience as they build towards their airborne leadership qualifications.

Officer Commanding 617 Squadron, Commander Sparrow said:

“This training exercise was a great opportunity to work with our allies from the Netherlands, Belgium and the USA while enhancing 4th and 5th Gen interoperability and to really cement the great relationship with our NATO and JEF partners.”

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George Royce
George Royce
10 months ago

God, the f-35 is ugly. No matter what angle.

David Barry
David Barry
10 months ago
Reply to  George Royce

but not on radar… I’ll get my coat.

George Royce
George Royce
10 months ago
Reply to  David Barry

It’s like a dating site. They look like they have a slim profile online, but in person they’re a bit more rotund.

Dern
Dern
10 months ago
Reply to  George Royce

Looks are subjective…

George Royce
George Royce
10 months ago
Reply to  Dern

Good for you

Dern
Dern
10 months ago
Reply to  George Royce

*yawn* bitter little individual who seems incapable of dealing with subjective taste. Grow up.

George Royce
George Royce
10 months ago
Reply to  Dern

Ironic

TopBoy
TopBoy
10 months ago
Reply to  George Royce

I love her from every angle. Every inch the high tech bird of prey she should be 🙂

Herodotus
10 months ago

Commander Sparrow eh!!! Guesses as to his nickname?

Heidfirst
Heidfirst
10 months ago

“A Voyager tanker from Brize Norton also took part supporting the exercise with the re-fuelling of each platform.”
& just how did it do that for those aircraft that require a boom e.g. F-15?

Lordtemplar
Lordtemplar
10 months ago
Reply to  Heidfirst

Maybe US tankers were also present, not to mention that the F15 has long legs, especially with external fuel tanks

Heidfirst
Heidfirst
10 months ago
Reply to  Lordtemplar

absolutely, but that is not what is stated above – it specifically says that it refuelled each platform. The only one that does probe & drogue is the RAF’s F-35B, all the others require boom which our Voyagers arent fitted with.

Cam
Cam
10 months ago
Reply to  Heidfirst

Maybe it means it took part refuelling each “UK Platform”

Heidfirst
Heidfirst
10 months ago
Reply to  Cam

that would render “This further demonstrated the partnership and sharing of capabilities with aircraft from other nations.” incorrect though …

Meirion X
Meirion X
10 months ago
Reply to  Heidfirst

I agree with you!
The RAF telling pokies to justify the air refuelling contact?

dan
dan
10 months ago
Reply to  Lordtemplar

U.S. tankers are always present. Nice to see the allies investing in their own tankers. Take some stress off of them.

Paul42
Paul42
10 months ago
Reply to  Heidfirst

I was wondering about that…..

Lord Vader
Lord Vader
10 months ago

Sure 617 sq was disbanded around 2014.