The Royal Australian Air Force’s 75 Squadron is deploying eight F/A-18A/B Classic Hornets and 120 personnel to Canada next week to participate in Exercise MAPLE FLAG.
Hosted by 4 Wing in Cold Lake, Alberta, Exercise Maple Flag is the Royal Canadian Air Force’s largest and most complex international training event running from 11 – 22 June.
Personnel from the nine participating nations will work within a scenario requiring operations in command and control, air-to-air and air-to-surface combat, air-to-air refuelling, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, tactical airlift, tactical aviation, and close air support.
The overall scenario will see aircrew from participating nations work as combined force to fight their way into a conflict zone, eliminate their targets and fight their way home.
Detachment Commander, Wing Commander Michael Grant said the exercise helps prepare aircrew and support personnel for the obstacles and intricacies they will face in the real world battlespace.
“Exercise Maple Flag offers our people realistic training within a complex operating environment that is both challenging and constantly evolving,” Wing Commander Michael Grant said.
“There are immense benefits to training as we mean to fight, and so often we fight as part of a combined or coalition force which means training opportunities like this are invaluable to our operational readiness.”
Nations participating in Exercise MAPLE FLAG include Canada, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, France, Norway, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United States.