Air Force wraps up Exercise Red Flag in the US

Royal Australian Air Force F/A-18A Hornet aircraft await their next Exercise Red Flag 19-1 missions on the flight line at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, USA

The Royal Australian Air Force has completed an intensive three-weeks of training on Exercise Red Flag Nellis 19-1 in Nevada, United States. 

The Exercise was held from 22 January to 15 February and included participants from Australia, United States and United Kingdom. 

Group Captain Hinton Tayloe, Commander Task Group Headquarters, said it had been successful exercise for the three partner nations. 

“The training our personnel have received while on Red Flag has been integral to developing them to operate in a hostile battlespace,” he said

“The missions have been created to test them in realistic situations, and to challenge our aircrew in training scenarios they wouldn’t have back home.  

“It’s also important experience for our ground staff, who have had to move our personnel and aircraft to the other side of the world, and maintain the aircraft in conditions we rarely have in Australia.

“Overall, we’ve completed our missions successfully and come away from the exercise confident in our abilities.” 

The Royal Australian Air Force deployed with six F/A-18A Hornets, one E-7A Wedgetail aircraft, one AP-3C (Electronic Warfare) Orion aircraft, and up to 370 personnel.  

The aircraft flew day and night missions throughout the exercise, ensuring a wide range of conditions were covered in the training scenarios.

In addition to the aircraft, the personnel setup a Task Group Headquarters; a Control and Reporting Centre; and supported the Combined Air Operations Centre and partnered Cyber capability.

Elements from Medical, Security Forces and Number 1 Combat Communications Squadron also provided vital support functions to the Australian contingent.