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RAF join French and US Air Forces in Exercise Atlantic Trident

Four Typhoon's in formation begin to split.
The Exercise will exploit the strengths of the aircraft and developing the ability to operate as one team.

RAF Typhoons pilots of XI (F) Squadron have been exercising over France as part of a tri-nation Exercise called Atlantic Trident.

The Typhoons have joined US Air Force F-35As and French Rafale fighters in the exercise across two weeks to develop skills in working together, exploiting the strengths of the aircraft and developing the ability to operate as one team.Four Typhoon's in formation.

In week two this knowledge building will grow further when RAF F-35B Lightnings will join the Exercise from the aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth.

Two landed Typhoon's.

The Exercise is taking place over south west and central France with the Typhoons joining daily events in the sky by flying from their home base at RAF Coningsby supported by RAF Voyager Tankers from RAF Brize Norton.

Four Typhoon's flying in formation, side view.

“By flying together on Exercise Atlantic Trident, the U.S.A, France and UK will be able to deliver increased effect, as we will be able to better understand each other and come together to achieve optimum interoperability.

Training together is really important because it helps us to understand the similarities of our respective air arm, the strengths of each of our fighter aircraft, and how we can work together to improve, both technologically and operationally in terms of the effect we are trying to achieve."

Flight Lieutenant Smyth
IX (F) Squadron pilot

Four Typhoon's in formation.


“The participation of the UK’s Royal Air Force in Exercise Atlantic Trident is a reflection of the high value we place on working with and flying with our French and U.S. partners. Typhoon fighters from XI(F) Squadron and F-35B Lightnings of 617 (Dambusters) Squadron will be taking part in the exercise while Voyager tankers from 101 Squadron will provide fuel for aircraft from all three nations. The Exercise marks a milestone in RAF  history as this will be the first international exercise in which jets from the new UK aircraft carrier, HMS Queen Elizabeth will take part."

Group Captain Farrow
RAF Liaison Officer to the French Military

Four Typhoon's in formation, view from below.

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