Royal Air Force (RAF) fighter jets have stormed the skies of Northern Japan last week in the first military exercise of its kind with the country’s defence forces.

RAF Eurofighter TYPHOONs of 2 (Army Cooperation) Squadron, completed joint training flights over the Pacific Ocean alongside Japan Air Self Defense Force (JASDF) aircraft from Misawa and Chitose Air Bases.

Since welcoming the powerful combat aircraft which flew half-way around the world, Misawa Air Base and its local community have seen VOYAGER tanker and C-17 transport aircraft delivering essential equipment for the RAF deployment. To great excitement people have also witnessed the first formations of TYPHOON and Mitsubishi F-2A.

RAF personnel including teams of engineers, flight operations, logistics, security and many other trades have worked closely with their JASDF counterparts to establish the Squadron’s deployed operating base.

The final week will test pilots and groundcrew in a range of scenarios designed to develop the skills, practices and understanding between these closest security partners.

Guardian North 16 continues until 4 November.


RAF TYPHOON fighters are in Japan for the first time for a military exercise that will also demonstrate their capabilities to Japanese pilots and senior defence officials. Here, a Japanese J-2A fighter takes off with a TYPHOON in the background. (Photo: Crown)

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