Global operations

The RAF is continuously engaged in a wide-range of operations and training exercises around the world and in space with our partners and allies.

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COVID Aviation Task Force

UK

April 2020 - ongoing

Providing helicopters for the NHS and Government departments for the rapid transfer of COVID-19 patients, healthcare workers and supplies anywhere in the UK.

COVID Aviation Task Force

Operation SHADER

Iraq and Syria

2014 - ongoing

Continuing to combat Daesh in Iraq and eastern Syria as part of the international coalition against the terrorist movement.

Combating Daesh

Quick Reaction Alert (QRA)

UK

Ongoing

Protecting the skies of the United Kingdom 24/7/365.

Quick Reaction Alert

Operation NEWCOMBE

Mali

2018 - ongoing

Supporting French led counter-insurgency operations in West Africa.

Austral Endurance

Antarctica

February 2020

Precision dropping essential supplies from a 47 Squadron Hercules for the British Antarctic Survey's forward base at Sky Blu.

Exercise Austral Endurance

Carbonite-2 satellite

SPACE

A low earth orbit satellite delivering high-quality imagery and 3D video footage from space.

Carbonite-2

Operation AZOTIZE

Lithuania

May - August 2020

Providing quick reaction alert (QRA) in the skies of Lithuania during a routine NATO Baltic Air Policing deployment.

Operation AZOTIZE

Exercise Lightning Dawn

Cyprus

May 2019

The first overseas exercise for the new Lightning aircraft for the RAF and Royal Navy to gain vital experience in maintaining and flying the aircraft in an unfamiliar environment.

Exercise Lightning Dawn

NATO's Air Policing Mission

Iceland

November to December 2019

RAF Typhoons ready to respond to unidentified aircraft flying towards Icelandic airspace as part of NATO’s Air Policing Mission.

NATO Air Policing Mission

Operation RUMAN

Caribbean

September to October 2017

Delivering vital aid in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, as part of the UK's biggest military and civilian operation since 2011.

Operation RUMAN

Exercise Bersama Lima

Malaysia

October 2019

Participating in the annual Five Powers Defence Arrangements exercise with our Commonwealth allies: Australia, Malaysia, New Zealand, and Singapore.

Exercise Bersama Lima

Short Term Training Team

Nigeria

December 2019

The RAF Regiment and RAF Police training the Nigerian Air Force on airfield defence and security and other specialist skills.

Short Term Training Team

Operation TRENTON

South Sudan

July to November 2018

RAF medics running a field hospital for UN military personnel and civilian staff as part of the UN’s Mission in South Sudan.

Operation TRENTON

Exercise Point Blank

North Sea

May 2020

Joint training exercise with the United States Air Force to share and practice tactics and procedures, involving more than 40 aircraft.

Exercise Point Blank

Exercise Red Flag

Nevada, USA

February 2020

Challenging war fighting training with the US Armed Forces and the Royal Australian Air Force.

Exercise Red Flag

Exercise Arctic Challenge

Sweden

May to June 2019

Training alongside eight other nations in one of Europe’s largest air power exercises, with 140 aircraft and 4,000 troops.

Exercise Arctic Challenge

British Forces South Atlantic Islands

Falklands, South Sandwich Islands, and South Georgia

1982 - ongoing

Providing air-defence and transport operations in the South Atlantic from RAF Mount Pleasant, Falkland Islands.

Operation TORAL

Afghanistan

2019

Supporting the ongoing NATO training mission in Afghanistan.

Operation TORAL

Exercise Magic Carpet

Oman

September 2019

Building enduring cooperation between with the Omani Airforce over a two-week, joint exercise.

Exercise Magic Carpet

Operation BILOXI

Romania

April to August 2018

RAF Typhoons scrambling to respond to Russian aircraft travelling towards Romanian airspace as part of NATO’s Enhanced Air Policing mission.

Operation BILOXI
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COVID Aviation Task Force

UK

April 2020 - ongoing

Providing helicopters for the NHS and Government departments for the rapid transfer of COVID-19 patients, healthcare workers and supplies anywhere in the UK.

COVID Aviation Task Force
close

Operation SHADER

Iraq and Syria

2014 - ongoing

Continuing to combat Daesh in Iraq and eastern Syria as part of the international coalition against the terrorist movement.

Combating Daesh
close

Quick Reaction Alert (QRA)

UK

Ongoing

Protecting the skies of the United Kingdom 24/7/365.

Quick Reaction Alert
close

Operation NEWCOMBE

Mali

2018 - ongoing

Supporting French led counter-insurgency operations in West Africa.

close

Austral Endurance

Antarctica

February 2020

Precision dropping essential supplies from a 47 Squadron Hercules for the British Antarctic Survey's forward base at Sky Blu.

Exercise Austral Endurance
close

Carbonite-2 satellite

SPACE

A low earth orbit satellite delivering high-quality imagery and 3D video footage from space.

Carbonite-2
close

Operation AZOTIZE

Lithuania

May - August 2020

Providing quick reaction alert (QRA) in the skies of Lithuania during a routine NATO Baltic Air Policing deployment.

Operation AZOTIZE
close

Exercise Lightning Dawn

Cyprus

May 2019

The first overseas exercise for the new Lightning aircraft for the RAF and Royal Navy to gain vital experience in maintaining and flying the aircraft in an unfamiliar environment.

Exercise Lightning Dawn
close

NATO's Air Policing Mission

Iceland

November to December 2019

RAF Typhoons ready to respond to unidentified aircraft flying towards Icelandic airspace as part of NATO’s Air Policing Mission.

NATO Air Policing Mission
close

Operation RUMAN

Caribbean

September to October 2017

Delivering vital aid in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, as part of the UK's biggest military and civilian operation since 2011.

Operation RUMAN
close

Exercise Bersama Lima

Malaysia

October 2019

Participating in the annual Five Powers Defence Arrangements exercise with our Commonwealth allies: Australia, Malaysia, New Zealand, and Singapore.

Exercise Bersama Lima
close

Short Term Training Team

Nigeria

December 2019

The RAF Regiment and RAF Police training the Nigerian Air Force on airfield defence and security and other specialist skills.

Short Term Training Team
close

Operation TRENTON

South Sudan

July to November 2018

RAF medics running a field hospital for UN military personnel and civilian staff as part of the UN’s Mission in South Sudan.

Operation TRENTON
close

Exercise Point Blank

North Sea

May 2020

Joint training exercise with the United States Air Force to share and practice tactics and procedures, involving more than 40 aircraft.

Exercise Point Blank
close

Exercise Red Flag

Nevada, USA

February 2020

Challenging war fighting training with the US Armed Forces and the Royal Australian Air Force.

Exercise Red Flag
close

Exercise Arctic Challenge

Sweden

May to June 2019

Training alongside eight other nations in one of Europe’s largest air power exercises, with 140 aircraft and 4,000 troops.

Exercise Arctic Challenge
close

British Forces South Atlantic Islands

Falklands, South Sandwich Islands, and South Georgia

1982 - ongoing

Providing air-defence and transport operations in the South Atlantic from RAF Mount Pleasant, Falkland Islands.

close

Operation TORAL

Afghanistan

2019

Supporting the ongoing NATO training mission in Afghanistan.

Operation TORAL
close

Exercise Magic Carpet

Oman

September 2019

Building enduring cooperation between with the Omani Airforce over a two-week, joint exercise.

Exercise Magic Carpet
close

Operation BILOXI

Romania

April to August 2018

RAF Typhoons scrambling to respond to Russian aircraft travelling towards Romanian airspace as part of NATO’s Enhanced Air Policing mission.

Operation BILOXI

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