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Practise makes perfect during Exercise Agile Eagle 16-4

An area of RAF Leeming was transformed into a remote Detached Operating Base (DOB) of 135 EAW, as they trained under the expert tutoring of Leeming's Operational Training Centre (OTC).


The Exercise aims to enhance learning through the establishment of a simulated DOB supporting the UK Air Component in the projection of airpower and informs Air Command of EAW readiness for contingency operations.

OTC Chief of Staff, Squadron Leader Charlie Lynn said

"Exercise Agile Eagle is a fantastic opportunity for EAW personnel to train in preparation for potential deployment on expeditionary air operations, anywhere in the world. The Exercise superbly demonstrates the 'Whole Force' concept, with both Regular and Reserves working closely together to deliver a complex exercise scenario".

135 EAW Headquarters is supported by a range of Air Combat Support and Air Combat Service Support Units.


The Regular and Reserve subject matter experts are drawn from across the RAF and provide mentoring and guidance through-out the exercise.

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Wing Commander Stu Clarke, CO 135 EAW said

"The Exercise has afforded 135 EAW a fabulous opportunity to learn, test and evaluate its' operational procedures against a very realistic and complex scenario. After facing many training challenges delivered from the very experienced Exercise Control staff, I now know that 135 EAW is better prepared to deploy worldwide to meet any contingent operations".


Wing Commander Chris Thorpe, OTC SO1 said

"We aim to provide participating Expeditionary Air Wings with a realistic, dynamic and challenging scenario, within which they develop and display their ability. It is rewarding to see an EAW grow in confidence during their time on Exercise Agile Eagle".

Editor: LAC Ronan Carey
Photos: Sqn Ldr Wayne Palmer

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