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Exercise Joint Warrior 15-1: Lossiemouth

Exercise Joint Warrior 15-1 was the latest in a long running series of multinational exercises taking part in the UK. With 55 ships from 14 nations taking part, Joint Warrior 15-1 was the biggest to date. RAF Lossiemouth in Scotland again played a major part in the exercise with the majority of the air assets [...]

By | May 17th, 2015|Operational Reports|0 Comments

Exercise Joint Warrior 15-1: Prestwick

Located on the Ayrshire coastline, Prestwick Airport is no stranger when it comes to military aircraft with a long and distinguished history in aviation in Scotland. In recent years, the airport has seen an increase in military use of the airfield both in day-to-day transits and becoming an integral part in key operations and training [...]

By | May 17th, 2015|Operational Reports|0 Comments

Nellis Aggressor Squadrons

Aggressor aircraft in their distinctive colour schemes are a common sight at Nellis AFB and over the Nevada Test and Training Range. However, with the recent deactivation the 65th Aggressor Squadron consigning the Russian aircraft marked Eagles to the annals of history, and with the latest generation of aircraft becoming a more familiar sight, Jason [...]

By | March 18th, 2015|Operational Reports|3 Comments

UK MoD Upgrades Helicopter Fleet

In a manner not seen since it came of age in Vietnam, Afghanistan has thrown a spotlight onto the vital role of the helicopter in fighting and winning modern conflicts. As part of the 2010 Strategic Defence and Security Review, the Ministry of Defence outlined their Rotary Wing Strategy – aiming to reequip and modernise [...]

By | March 14th, 2015|Operational Reports|0 Comments

Red Flag 15-1

Nellis Air Force Base has become synonymous with the Red Flag exercises. Every year, aviation enthusiasts from all over the world make the trek to the desert, north east of Las Vegas to watch the spectacle of the premiere military aircraft training exercise taking place. Jason Grant and Mark Forest made a return trip to [...]

By | February 14th, 2015|Operational Reports|1 Comment

Global Strike Deployment 2014

RAF Fairford, Gloucestershire is a key strategic forward deployment base for the United States Air Force Global Strike Command. Deployments of strategic bombers to the European theatre are considerably rarer today than they were only a decade ago. During June 2014, Global Strike Command deployed a number of assets for an exercise of their long [...]

By | June 18th, 2014|Operational Reports|3 Comments

Exercise Global Lightning

Every year, the US Strategic Command (STRATCOM) undertakes training exercises incorporating their assets and Government agencies. One of these exercises is named GLOBAL LIGHTNING. Adam Chittenden looks at what aircraft are involved and what this exercise is designed to achieve. "Global Lightning 14 is designed to provide training opportunities and to test and validate command [...]

By | May 21st, 2014|Operational Reports|0 Comments

Exercise Joint Warrior 2014-1

Exercise Joint Warrior 2014 Serial 1 was the latest in the long-running series of multinational exercises of the name that have run in the UK, and also the largest tactically focused military exercise held in Europe during 2014. Over 13,000 personnel, 33 ships, 3 submarines and multiple ground, troop and air assets from 9 separate [...]

By | April 19th, 2014|Operational Reports|2 Comments