Exercise Cope North is a high-end air combat and humanitarian assistance exercise hosted by the United States Air Force at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam.
The Exercise aims to develop and improve combat readiness, synergistic humanitarian assistance procedures and increase the interoperability between the three forces of the United States, Australia and Japan.
Air Force will deploy 377 personnel to Guam between 10 February - 2 March 2018. Personnel will be drawn from Air Combat Group, Surveillance and Response Group, Air Mobility Group and Combat Support Group.
A C-27J Spartan aircraft from RAAF Base Richmond will also deploy for the first time on Exercise Cope North as part of the Humanitarian Assistance scenario, and provide aeromedical evacuation and air logistics support from Guam. In addition, a Combat Support Element and Aeromedical Evacuation team will deploy to increase integration of aeromedical evacuation skills between the participants during the exercise.
This is the seventh year that Australia has participated in the Exercise.
Exercise Cope North helps cultivate common bonds and foster goodwill between the US and other regional nations by conducting multilateral humanitarian and civic assistance operations as well as providing a quality scenario to develop multilateral interoperability and coalition procedures in air power missions, including air superiority, close air support, interdiction, electronic warfare, tactical airlift, and airborne command and control.