This marks the RAF’s first participation in Exercise Global Dexterity, alongside the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) and the United States Air Force (USAF).

Highlighting the essence of the exercise, the RAF stated: “The exercise sees aircrew and groundcrew from each military seamlessly fly and maintain each other’s aircraft, with opportunities to practice low-level flying amongst the mountains of Papua New Guinea next week.”

The RAF release further elaborated on the unique challenges of the exercise:

“Additionally, crews will experience operating out of austere airfields with intentionally limited infrastructure in Northern Australia, where they will conduct flights into Papua New Guinea to practice tactical airlifts amidst the challenging terrain.”

This participation in Exercise Global Dexterity is crucial for the RAF, as it not only helps train crews in diverse and demanding environments but also strengthens the UK’s military ties with Australia and the United States.

 

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George has a degree in Cyber Security from Glasgow Caledonian University and has a keen interest in naval and cyber security matters and has appeared on national radio and television to discuss current events. George is on Twitter at @geoallison
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Rob Collinson
Rob Collinson
3 months ago

What assets have we send for this? Obviously a C17. What else?

DMJ01
DMJ01
3 months ago
Reply to  Rob Collinson

A quick internet search indicates that the exercise only involved C17’s from each country.

David Barry
David Barry
3 months ago

A C17?

Tactical airlifts, low level flying between mountains, austere airfields – on a C17?

Ballsey, or just me?

Chris
Chris
3 months ago
Reply to  David Barry

The C-17 is a tactical airlifter, abit a very large one. It’s a f’n boss compared with anything else. American nickname “Moose”

DJ
DJ
3 months ago

Wonder if they are going to land on some of those PNG mountain airfields? Watched a documentary on some of those a couple of years ago.

Pete ( the original from years ago)
Pete ( the original from years ago)
3 months ago

Saw 3 x C17 in formation on Friday low over the Sunshine Coast in Queensland. Quite a racket.

Expat
Expat
3 months ago

The 3 services will want to get as much of these types of exercises in as possible In the next 6 months. Australia and most exercises with non NATO partners will be a thing of the past.

Tom
Tom
3 months ago

Why? It is not our back door. It is not our domain. The US and Australia do not even need us there.

Yet more money wasted, on an exercise that the UK has no need to be involved in. (probably afraid of losing out or whatever)

Chris
Chris
3 months ago
Reply to  Tom

The hours have to be flown for training. They are budgeted every year. You can either fly circles around the UK, or actually go out and get experience doing something useful.

Tom
Tom
3 months ago
Reply to  Chris

OR fly here in Europe, with our NATO Allies!

Chris
Chris
3 months ago
Reply to  Tom

They do that almost every day.

monkey spanker
monkey spanker
3 months ago

Good stuff. The forces need to practice in all environments for all situations. That’s what helps make them the best at their job.