Home : Media : News : News Article View
NEWS | Jan. 27, 2022

Australia, Japan, US Converge on Guam for Cope North 22

Pacific Air Forces Public Affairs

JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM, Hawaii -- Air forces from Australia, Japan, and the United States will participate in Cope North 2022 (CN22) Feb. 2-18, 2022, a humanitarian assistance and disaster relief (HA/DR), large force employment, and aerial combat training exercise.

The exercise kicks off with a HA/DR training event to reinforce the three countries’ combined ability, and interoperability, to support the Indo-Pacific region during a natural disaster. Operations will take place at Andersen Air Force Base and Northwest Field on Guam; the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, including Rota, Saipan, and Tinian; Palau; and the Federated States of Micronesia.

Fighter aircraft from the U.S. Air Force, Japanese Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF), and Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) will conduct aerial refueling, close air support, and counter-air missions. These training missions will conclude with a large force employment exercise designed to enhance readiness and interoperability among the three countries.

Participants will also exercise Agile Combat Employment, or ACE, concepts during Cope North 22. ACE is Pacific Air Forces’ model to project combat power via a network of distributed operating locations throughout the Indo-Pacific. Over 2,000 sorties are planned for CN22 across seven islands and 10 airfields.

More than 2,500 U.S. Airmen, Marines, and Sailors will train alongside about 1,000 combined JASDF and RAAF counterparts in CN22. Approximately 130 aircraft from over 30 units will fly in the exercise.

Eight additional countries will be sending 16 officers to participate in the International Observers Program, which gives international field grade officers the opportunity to observe key parts of the exercise in the hope that they will participate with aircraft in the future. France and India are both participating in Cope North this year—with India participating for the first time ever—after having observed the exercise in previous years.

Established in 1978 as a quarterly bilateral exercise held at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Cope North moved to Andersen AFB in 1999. It is U.S. Pacific Air Forces’ largest multilateral exercise.

For more information about Cope North and U.S. Pacific Air Force’s participation, call U.S. Pacific Air Force Public Affairs at (808) 448-3225 or (808) 221-6148.

CONNECT WITH USINDOPACOM
Facebook

Like Us
Twitter
322,145
Follow Us

ENGAGE & CONNECT MORE WITH PACOM

                                                 

IN THE USINDOPACOM NEWS
Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group conducts Training Underway with Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force
The Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) destroyer JS Teruzuki (DD-116), and Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Antietam (CG 54) steam in formation with the U.S. Navy’s only forward-deployed aircraft carrier, USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76). The U.S. Navy and JMSDF routinely conduct naval exercises together, strengthening the U.S.-Japan alliance and maintaining a free and open Indo-Pacific region. Ronald Reagan, the flagship of Carrier Strike Group 5, provides a combat-ready force that protects and defends the United States, and supports alliances, partnerships and collective maritime interests in the Indo-Pacific region.
May 17, 2022 - PHILIPPINE SEA -- Ships and aircraft from Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group (RRNCSG) concluded a week of at-sea bilateral training with a destroyer from the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) May 17.The training...

Littoral Combat Ship Completes First Land Attack Missile Exercise
An AGM-114L Longbow Hellfire missile launches from the Surface-To-Surface Missile Module (SSMM) aboard Independence-variant Littoral Combat Ship USS Montgomery (LCS 8). The missile exercise was the first proof of concept launch of the Longbow Hellfire missile against land-based target. LCS is a fast, agile, mission-focused platform designed to operate in near-shore environments, winning against 21st-century coastal threats. LCS is capable of supporting forward presence, maritime security, sea control, and deterrence.  (U.S. Navy photo by Lt.j.g. Samuel Hardgrove)
May 17, 2022 - PACIFIC OCEAN -- The U.S. Navy’s Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) class successfully launched sea-based missiles at a land-based target for the first time during a proof of concept exercise, May 12.Independence-variant littoral...

Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit 3 Train Mobile Bay, HSC-14 Sailors on HVBSS
Sailors, assigned to Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit (EODMU) 3, rope down from an MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter, assigned to the “Chargers” of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 14, onto the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Mobile Bay (CG 53) during a helicopter visit, board, search and seizure (HVBSS) training. Abraham Lincoln Strike Group is on a scheduled deployment in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations to enhance interoperability through alliances and partnerships while serving as a ready-response force in support of a free and open Indo-Pacific region.
May 17, 2022 - PHILIPPINE SEA -- Sailors from Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit (EODMU) 3 conducted helicopter visit, board, search and seizure (HVBSS) training with Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 14 and the Ticonderoga-class...

Defense Health Agency Leaders Visit U.S. Army Japan
Defense Health Agency Leaders Visit U.S. Army Japan
May 17, 2022 - ZAMA, KANAGAWA, Japan -- Lt. Gen. Ronald J. Place, Defense Health Agency (DHA) director, and Command Sgt. Maj. Michael L. Gragg, DHA senior enlisted leader, met with Col. Terry Butcher, U.S. Army Japan deputy commanding...

Abraham Lincoln Deployed Resiliency Counselor Visits Mobile Bay Sailors
The Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Mobile Bay (CG 53) transits the South China Sea. Abraham Lincoln Strike Group is on a scheduled deployment in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations to enhance interoperability through alliances and partnerships while serving as a ready-response force in support of a free and open Indo-Pacific region.
May 17, 2022 - PHILIPPINE SEA -- The Deployed Resiliency Counselor (DRC) contracted to the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) visited the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Mobile Bay (CG 53), April...