Four crews and a C-130J Hercules have deployed to Anchorage, from where they have flown up to 11 hours each day to take part in Exercise RED FLAG Alaska 2022.
According to the Royal Air Force here, Red Flag Alaska offers unrivalled training opportunities.
“Over 70 other aircraft are taking part which requires RAF crews to spend up to 12 hours planning each mission, placing great emphasis on coordination with the other aircraft flying on the exercise in order to achieve mission objectives and win the air war.
Sorties flown have included supporting 15 Squadron RAF Regiment who, in concert with Tactical Air Traffic Controllers, have enabled operations on a remote and austere gravel airstrip. Resupplies of food, water and ammunition have been airdropped with despatch crews from 47 Air Despatch Squadron Royal Logistics Corps, also based at RAF Brize Norton.”
Wing Commander Sjoberg, Officer Commanding 47 Squadron, was quoted as saying:
“47 Squadron are very privileged to participate in Exercise RED FLAG Alaska and we are grateful to the US Air Force for the world-class training they have provided. The exercise has hammered home the lesson that fighting a modern air war is about team-work and cooperation within a large package of aircraft, and with partners on the ground and domains like cyber.
This Exercise will help my crews in future. We’ve also been joined by aircrew from the RAF’s A400 Force, in anticipation of the Atlas attending similar exercises in future.”