These exercises include the U.S. Air Force, The U.S. Navy, Japan Air Self Defense Force and the Royal Australian Air Force.
Guam – Cope North exercises continue. The exercises which began on February 10th will last until the 26th.
These exercises include the U.S. Air Force, The U.S. Navy, Japan Air Self Defense Force and the Royal Australian Air Force. Cope North actually began in 1978 as a quarterly bilateral exercise held at the Misawa air base in Japan. In 1999 the exercises were moved to the Andersen Air Force Base on Guam. Cope North is considered a keystone event that promotes stability and security throughout the Indo-Asia-Pacific area. For the U.S. a total of 72 aircraft are participating. For the Japan Air Self-Defense forces 22 aircraft are participating. 9 aircraft from the Royal Australian Air Force are participating. The Republic of Korea has one plane participating and the Royal New Zealand Air Force has no planes participating but they sent their aeromedical evacuation team. The Philippines are also participating but did not send any planes.