Red Flag

From 29 January–16 February 2018 around 340 Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) personnel will deploy to Nevada to train in the world’s most complex air combat environment during Exercise Red Flag 18-1.  
 
The RAAF personnel will support and participate in missions during the premier air combat exercise alongside counterparts from the United States and the United Kingdom, reconstructing a modern and complex battlespace.
 
Four EA-18G Growler's, an AP-3C Orion, and a E-7A Wedgetail Airborne Early Warning and Control aircraft will also participate in Red Flag, along with a Control and Reporting Centre from 41 Wing to support airborne personnel and aircraft.
 
During the exercise, participants will practice planning and executing day- and night-time missions, using large numbers of aircraft and ground systems, coordinated to overcome a considerable simulated adversary. This includes a range of air power roles for RAAF personnel, from Air Superiority and Strike; and Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance to Electronic Warfare - providing a comprehensive training environment for aircrew, maintenance and support personnel alike.
 
Established in 1980 by the US Air Force, Exercise Red Flag provides personnel with an opportunity to experience a complex, modern and dynamic combat landscape.

On Saturday 27 January 2018, a Royal Australian Air Force EA-18G Growler was involved in an accident at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada USA, while taking part in Exercise Red Flag with the US Air Force. Our personnel are safe and no serious injuries were sustained. The actions by the Nellis Base fire-fighting section and emergency response crews was excellent and we extend our sincere gratitude to the United States Air Force personnel for their ongoing support. The investigation into this accident is ongoing.