RAF Typhoons in Japan for Guardian North 16

November 01, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

JASDF F-2s and RAF Typhoons participate in Exercise Guardian North at Misawa Air Base. Photo courtsey of mashion_330  via Twitter

Four Typhoons FGR.4s flown by crew from the Royal Air Force (RAF)'s No II (AC) Squadron are participating in a two-week Exercise Guardian North in Japan. Operating out of Misawa Air Base on the northern end of Japan’s main island Honshu, the Typhoons are flying with and against the Japanese Air Self-Defence Force (JASDF)'s F-2s from Misawa's 3 Hikotai and F-15Js from Chitose Air Base, Hokkiado.

The Typhoons are on an East Asia deployment codenamed Eastern Venture and were originally part of an eight-aircraft deployment to Malaysia for Exercise Bersama Lima 16, which ran from 4 to 21 October 2016. Following the exercise with the JASDF, the Typhoons will go on to Osan Air Base in South Korea to participate in Exercise Invincible Shield with the Republic of Korean Air Force' (RoKAF) from 4 to 11 November. The Typhoons will fly alongside RoKAF's F-15Ks and KF-16C/Ds, as well as U.S. Air Force fighters based in the country.

Speaking to media, RAF Wing Cmdr. Roger Elliott, who leads the Royal Air Force unit deployment to Japan said, "This is the most ambitious deployment that the Typhoon Force has ever done. I think it's probably the most ambitious deployment that the Air Force has done to the Far East,"

Both Guardian North and Invincible Shield also mark the first time Japan and South Korea have hosted a bilateral exercise with foreign military, apart from the U.S. 

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