Chief of the Air Staff Announces Exercise Eastern Venture

29 September 2016

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Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen Hillier, has announced the deployment of Royal Air Force aircraft and personnel for an international Exercise programme across the Asia-Pacific region.

The complex deployment of Typhoon fighter aircraft and the RAF Aerobatic Team, the Red Arrows, will include a far-reaching series of public displays and training events with international Defence partners.


Exercise Eastern Venture begins with Typhoon aircraft deploying from RAF Lossiemouth in Scotland to Malaysia and Singapore, for training as part of the Five Power Defence Arrangement between the UK, Malaysia, Singapore, Australia and New Zealand.

Aircraft and crews will also participate in a series of exercises in Japan and the Republic of Korea before returning to the UK in November. The Red Arrows will visit many countries for a series of displays and flypasts, including key events in India, China and the United Arab Emirates.

The deployment will be supported by Voyager Air-to-Air Refuelling, C-17 Globemaster and C-130J Hercules transport aircraft.


Commenting on the forthcoming deployment, Sir Stephen Hillier said: “This exercise is tremendously important and it demonstrates that even though the Royal Air Force is committed to operations in the Middle East and elsewhere, we still have the capability to deploy effectively to the other side of the world, with both Typhoons, supporting Voyagers and air transport, and the Red Arrows as well.

"This reinforces the message that the UK is a globally-engaged player with global power, reinforcing our relationship with partners, and also promoting UK prosperity.”

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