The Swiss Air Force is conducting air exercises at RAF Leeming to enable the country’s F-18 Hornet pilots to achieve important day and night-flying, say the Royal Air Force.
According to this news release, Exercise YORKNITE 21 is the name given to this deployment and encompasses three elements.
“An initial contingent of 20 aircrew will be using the exercise to hone advanced skills, whilst the second will be conducting night flying training over the sea.
The third element and a first for this year, is a Swiss detachment that include Cougar helicopters, using time in the UK to train at the Electronics Warfare Tactics facility at RAF Spadeadam.”
Group Captain Crawford, Station Commander at RAF Leeming, was quoted as saying:
“We at RAF Leeming are delighted to welcome our Swiss colleagues back to Yorkshire for some more essential training. We have established a superb rapport with them over the years and welcome the mutual benefit their visit brings.
The contingent nature of current operations means we must focus on rapidly adapting our processes to meet new requirements with an emphasis on collaboration with key allies and partners. Exercise YORKNITE brings all those opportunities to us both.”
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