The Royal Australian Air Force’s E-7A Wedgetail aircraft from RAAF Williamtown’s Number 2 Squadron is participating in the most advanced international air combat training activity, Exercise Red Flag Alaska.
Exercise Red Flag Alaska is a United States Pacific Air Forces Command-led large force employment exercise designed to replicate a high-end combat environment. This is one of the largest exercises Australia will participate in this year. It provides the ultimate environment in which our Air Force personnel can showcase their extraordinary abilities in a deployed scenario. Regular participation in the Red Flag Alaska exercise series is a major contributor to Australia’s high standard of air battle management capability.
Aircrew will be exposed to large force employment on a scale not possible in Australia, when they perform air battle management of coalition assets across a range of combat disciplines, for up to 60 aircraft. The exercise also provides invaluable training for logistics, support and maintenance personnel as they are able to practice deploying to another country and working together with other Air Forces.
The coalition exercise will see participants from Australia, the US, Japan and South Korea, together with a variety of nations as military observers working together in one of the largest activities the RAAF will be involved in this year.
Exercise Red Flag Alaska is a large-forces exercise conducted in interior Alaska to simulate air combat. Aircrews will be operating in the 67,000 square-mile Joint Alaska Pacific Range Complex, which offers adequate space and ranges for crews to simulate full-scale aerial battles. Australia has participated in the exercise series since 1980.
The exercise runs from 12 to 24 August 2013.
Number 2 Squadron will deploy an E-7A Wedgetail aircraft from RAAF Base Williamtown along with 58 personnel. Other support elements include a Mobile Air Load Team (MALT) from No. 1 Airfield Operations Support Squadron.