COPE North 2020 starts today at Andersen AFB

Aircraft from the United States, Australia and Japan participating in COPE North 2019 engage in a large show-of-force formation off the coast of Guam, on Mar. 6, 2019. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Capt. Adam Engelhart)

The United States, Japan and Australia are scheduled to participate in COPE North 2020 at Andersen Air Force Base. The annual military exercise gets underway today, Wednesday, Feb. 12th and runs through Feb. 28.

COPE North is a multilateral U.S. Pacific Air Forces-sponsored field training exercise conducted annually at Andersen.

The exercise focuses on large-force employment and humanitarian assistance and disaster relief training to enhance interoperability among U.S., Australian, and Japanese forces.

More than 1,300 U.S. Airmen, Marines, and Sailors will train alongside approximately 1,200 combined Japan Air Self-Defense Force and Royal Australian Air Force service members during the exercise, utilizing more than 100 aircraft from 21 flying units.

COPE North has integrated air operations for more than 40 years and our network of alliances and partnerships remains the backbone of global security.