21 May, 2021

RAF join French and US Air Forces in Exercise Atlantic Trident

RAF Typhoons pilots of XI (F) Squadron have been exercising over France as part of a tri-nation Exercise called Atlantic Trident.

The Typhoons have joined US Air Force F-35As and French Rafale fighters in the exercise across two weeks to develop skills in working together, exploiting the strengths of the aircraft and developing the ability to operate as one team.

In week two this knowledge-building will grow further when RAF F-35B Lightnings will join the Exercise from the aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth.
The Exercise is taking place over south west and central France with the Typhoons joining daily events in the sky by flying from their home base at RAF Coningsby supported by RAF Voyager Tankers from RAF Brize Norton.

Flight Lieutenant Smyth, XI (F) Squadron pilot said:  “By flying together on Exercise Atlantic Trident, the U.S.A, France and UK will be able to deliver increased effect, as we will be able to better understand each other and come together to achieve optimum interoperability.

Training together is really important because it helps us to understand the similarities of our respective air arm, the strengths of each of our fighter aircraft, and how we can work together to improve, both technologically and operationally in terms of the effect we are trying to achieve."

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