US, Japan, Australia hold massive air operations exercise

The United States military, Royal Australian Air Force, and the Japan Air Self-Defense Force have kicked off Cope North 2019 at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam.

Cope North is designed to enhance multilateral air operations among the US Air Force, US Navy, US Marine Corps, Koku Jieitai (Japan Air Self-Defense Force) and Royal Australian air force (RAAF).

CN19 is scheduled from February 18 to March 8, 2019 with more than 2,000 American Airmen, Marines and Sailors expected to train alongside approximately 850 combined Koku Jieitai and RAAF service members.

Nearly 100 US, Japanese and Australian aircraft from 21 flying units will participate in CN19.

“The exercise will begin with a week-long humanitarian assistance and disaster relief training event that will then lead to the need for a large-force employment, all of which is designed to increase readiness among the allied nations. The exercise’s focus on humanitarian assistance and disaster relief provides critical training to US and allied forces that has a direct impact on the militaries’ ability to support the region, including Palau and the Federated States of Micronesia,” the US military said.