The largest military exercise to be run by the Royal Air Force in the United Kingdom for over a decade has finished.
Exercise Crimson Warrior seen RAF, Royal Navy, United States Marine Corps and United States Air Force fast jets, multi-engine aircraft and helicopters operating from a number of RAF stations across the country.
“A key tenet of the Exercise is Joint Personnel Recovery (JPR). As the RAF Force Protection (FP) Force Elements building up to Contingency Operations (COPs), 3 Force Protection Wing and 15 Squadron RAF Regiment are honing their skills and have trained teams who will provide the Ground Extraction Force skills (GEF) for the final stages of the Exercise.
Reacting to both deliberate and dynamic downed aircrew scenarios, 15 Squadron RAF Regiment will be tested against the five phases of JPR (Report, Locate, Support, Recover and Re-integrate) whilst being fully integrated into the complex Air / Land environment, utilising Chinooks, Joint Terminal Attack Controllers and sUAS to achieve their mission.”
The above image shows a ‘downed pilot’ being rescued by members of 15 Squadron RAF Regiment gunners, seen being lead onto a RAF Chinook helicopter for extraction but don’t worry, it’s just an exercise.
The RAF also say that the expanded Crimson Warrior included land based training scenarios for the Lightning stealth fighters and helicopters that will form the Carrier Strike Group Air Wing for next year’s operational deployment of the aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth.
“At its peak Crimson Warrior will see over 70 aircraft conducting high intensity tactical training together over the North Sea and North East of England. The exercise is a development of the regular Cobra Warrior exercises, widely regarded as the most challenging training for aircrew and the final step for those seeking to qualify as Qualified Weapons Instructors (QWI), Qualified Multi-engine Tactics Instructors, QWI Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance and Qualified Space Instructors Course.”