Exercise Atlantic Trident has kicked off with jets from France, the UK and the US flying from from Air Base 118 in Mont-de-Marsan.
The exercise, organised by the French Air Force, is taking place over Western Europe.
NATO say here that this combined air force training is the meeting hub for three Allied air forces enabling them to practice the “high-spectrum” missions of air combat, for today and tomorrow.
“Over the next two weeks, the United States Air Force, the British Royal Air Force and the French Air and Space Force will hone their skills to operate together and to increase interoperability as well as technical and tactical know-how. More than 600 women and men from the three air forces will be ready to accept the operational challenge of this exercise.
Almost fifty latest-generation combat aircraft such as the French Rafale, the British Typhoon or the American F-35 will simulate combined raids in the French airspace. Their objective: to promote the development of common procedures, reflecting the high intensity of air combat.”
Captain Jonathan Farrow OBE, based in France as a liaison officer, was quoted as saying:
“Atlantic Trident will notably be the first international [hosted] exercise in which the new aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth will be deployed.”
NATO add in a news release:
“The trilateral exercise’s focus will be on the constant modernization of the three air forces, innovation and technological performance to better enable them to protect the integrity of an area or a territory. With the crews, the know-how of specialists – mechanics, controllers, communication systems experts, logisticians and many others – will be mobilized.”