Royal Air Force Fighters heading to Japan

16 September 2016

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RAF fast jets will visit Japan in the autumn to train with Japanese forces.

No II (AC) Squadron, based at RAF Lossiemouth, will fly Typhoon fighter jets to Misawa Air Base in Northern Japan, for joint exercises with the Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF). LOS-OFFICAL-20160223-0146-040

This is the first time for the JASDF to host an exercise with a foreign nation other than the United States. Exercising together delivers on an agreement made at the January 2016 Foreign and Defence Ministers Dialogue (2+2).

Speaking of the forthcoming deployment Wg Cdr Roger Elliott, Officer Commanding II (AC) Sqn, said: “This is the most ambitious deployment that the Typhoon Force has ever done. I think it’s probably the most ambitious deployment that the Air Force has done to the Far East.

“So it is a huge honour to be taking part, and it’s a huge honour to be the first RAF unit to go and operate with the JASDF on exercise. JMT_20160908_004_0033

“The mission of Royal Air Force Lossiemouth is to deliver Quick Reaction Alert and prepare for global operations. By going to the Far East, there is no better way to prepare for a global operation. So we’ll practice everybody in their roles supporting combat air.”

The Exercise, named “GUARDIAN NORTH 16”, represents an opportunity for the two air forces to learn from each other and develop their skills. JMT_20160906_004_0021

Typhoon crews will be supported throughout their journey by the RAF Air Transport fleet for air-to-air refuelling, and transport aircraft carrying essential engineering equipment.

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