An official website of the United States government
Here's how you know
A .mil website belongs to an official U.S. Department of Defense organization in the United States.
A lock (lock ) or https:// means you’ve safely connected to the .mil website. Share sensitive information only on official, secure websites.

Home : Media : News : News Article View
NEWS | Feb. 14, 2024

Many Nations, One Effort: Cope North 24

By Senior Airman Antwain Hanks, 35th Fighter Wing Public Affairs

Recently, members from the 35th Fighter Wing’s 14th Fighter Squadron and 14th Fighter Generation Squadron headed out to support the trilateral joint exercise, Cope North 24, alongside U.S. Sailors, Marines, and troops from Australia, Canada, France, South Korea and Japan.

Established in 1978 as a quarterly bilateral exercise held at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Cope North moved to Anderson AFB in 1999. It soon evolved into the U.S. Pacific Air Forces’ largest annual multilateral exercise, hosting multiple Allied partners.

This year's iteration of Cope North focuses on developing participating nations' ability to execute large-force employment under the Agile Combat Employment concept to ensure a free and open Indo-Pacific.

“This exercise is critical to increasing the interoperability and capabilities of the US Air Force with two of our most important allies in the INDOPACOM region, the Japanese Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF) and the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF),” expressed Lt. Col. Josh Plocinski, 14h Fighter Squadron commander.

“Using the strategically significant island of Guam as our base of operations, we can plan, fly, and fight alongside participating forces from Japan, Canada, France, Australia and South Korea. We will be able to execute defensive & offensive counter-air missions with our fighter aircraft as well as logistics movements with our mobility air forces aircraft and allied forces.”

Through training together, approximately 2,400 troops from the participating nations are allotted a chance to practice together and enhance cooperation by sharing data, intelligence and tactics, ultimately improving interoperability among one another.

This year's iteration will be led by a joint international command structure with leaders from the U.S., Australia, and Japan, a first for the exercise.

“Almost any contingency in the INDOPACOM theater would involve close coordination with Japan and Australia, so any opportunities to train and fly together are valuable,” said Plocinski. “Executing a large force employment mission is a very complex undertaking. The ability to operate very closely with the RAAF and JASDF gives us more experience flying together and building the interpersonal and professional relationships we would rely on during a real-world contingency.”

CONNECT WITH USINDOPACOM
Facebook

Like Us
X
363,446
Follow Us

ENGAGE & CONNECT MORE WITH PACOM

                                                 

IN THE USINDOPACOM NEWS
USINDOPACOM Commander Travels to Australia
Adm. John C. Aquilino, commander, U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, speaks with Michael Fullilove, Executive Director at the Lowy Institute in Sydney on April 9, 2024. The engagement was part of a trip to Australia focused on increasing cooperation and military integration as part of the strong bilateral relationship. USINDOPACOM is committed to enhancing stability in the Indo-Pacific region by promoting security cooperation, encouraging peaceful development, responding to contingencies, deterring aggression and, when necessary, fighting to win. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class John D. Bellino)
April 9, 2024 - SYDNEY - Adm. John C. Aquilino, commander of U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, visited Canberra and Sydney, Australia from April 7-10, 2024, where he met with senior government and military leaders and participated in think tank...

U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Navy unite for maritime rescue, emphasizing community ties in FSM
The crew of USCGC Oliver Henry (WPC 1140) rescues three mariners stranded on Pikelot Atoll, Yap State, Federated States of Micronesia, on April 9, 2024. Watchstanders at Joint Rescue Sub-Center Guam received a distress call from a relative of the three mariners on April 6, 2024, reporting her three uncles departed Polowat Atoll, Chuuk State, Easter Sunday for Pikelot Atoll, approximately 100 nautical miles northwest and had not returned, prompting the search. (U.S. Coast Guard photo)
April 9, 2024 - Three mariners are safe on April 9, 2024, thanks to the coordination of U.S. Coast Guard Forces Micronesia/Sector Guam and the U.S. Navy, after being stranded on Pikelot Atoll, Yap State, Federated States of Micronesia (FSM),...

USINDOPACOM Commander Presents Legion of Merit to Australia Chief of Defence Force
Adm. John C. Aquilino, Commander of U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, joins Gen. Angus Campbell, Australia Chief of the Defence Force, at a ceremony to present Campbell with the Legion of Merit in Canberra, Australia, on April 8, 2024. The Legion of Merit is the highest accolade that the U.S. can bestow upon a foreign leader; it is reserved for individuals who have shown exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding services. USINDOPACOM is committed to enhancing stability in the Indo-Pacific region by promoting security cooperation, encouraging peaceful development, responding to contingencies, deterring aggression and, when necessary, fighting to win. (U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Shannon M. Smith)
April 8, 2024 - CANBERRA, Australia - Adm. John C. Aquilino, Commander of U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, presented Gen. Angus Campbell, Australia Chief of Defence Force, with the Legion of Merit, Degree of Commander, at the Russell Office...

AUKUS Defense Ministers' Joint Statement
Graphic intended for use as a placeholder for Statements and Press Releases without accompanying imagery.
April 8, 2024 - Australia, the U.K. and the U.S. seek to maximize the strategic benefits of the AUKUS partnership to support the security and stability in the Indo-Pacific region and beyond...

U.S. Coast Guard establishes Marine Safety Unit Saipan
Lt. Justin Miller, commanding officer of Marine Safety Unit Saipan, takes a selfie with assembled guests at a ceremony to formally establish MSU Saipan in Garapan at the American Memorial Park on April 5, 2024. This significant achievement marks a milestone in leadership evolution and responsibility expansion within the U.S. Coast Guard, reflecting steadfast commitment to serving the people of Saipan and the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas Islands (CNMI) with unparalleled dedication and excellence. The change is part of an initiative to provide junior officers with increased command opportunities, fostering professional growth and leadership development within the ranks. Eighteen marine safety detachments are converting to marine safety units. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Lt. Justin Miller)
April 8, 2024 - The U.S. Coast Guard officially established Marine Safety Unit (MSU) Saipan in a ceremony in Saipan, Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas Islands, on April 5, 2024...