Air Force to test skills in Exercise Cope North 18

Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) members will deploy to Guam to participate in Exercise Cope North 18, held from 10 February–2 March 2018.
Exercise Cope North is an annual high-end air combat and humanitarian assistance exercise.
The Exercise aims to develop and improve combat readiness, humanitarian assistance procedures and increase the interoperability between the United States, Australia and Japan.
The focus of the exercise will be the deployment and redeployment of combat support capabilities and the conduct of aeromedical evacuation, security forces and airfield operations.
Australian Commander for the Exercise, Group Captain Ben Sleeman, said there are great opportunities to gain from Cope North.
“This is the seventh year Australia has participated in the Exercise and every year we gain a further appreciation of how our equipment, aircraft and personnel operate together in this environment,” Group Captain Sleeman said.
“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 will provide aeromedical evacuation and air logistics support from Guam.
“Cope North gives us the opportunity to validate the effectiveness of our new platforms such as the C-27J Spartan in complex scenarios, as well as the training of its crew,” Group Captain Sleeman said.
In addition, a Combat Support element and Aeromedical Evacuation team will deploy to enhance interoperability.
Exercise Cope North is held at Andersen Air Force base on Guam and hosted by the United States Pacific Air Forces.