Four crews from RAF Brize Norton took part in Exercise Red Flag Alaska 2022 alongside a single C-130J Hercules aircraft deployed (Picture: RAF).
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RAF personnel train with coalition partners in Alaska

With one of the largest aerial ranges available in the world, Exercise Red Flag Alaska 2022 offers unrivalled training opportunities. 

Four crews from RAF Brize Norton took part in Exercise Red Flag Alaska 2022 alongside a single C-130J Hercules aircraft deployed (Picture: RAF).

Personnel from 47 Squadron have trained with coalition partners in Alaska.

Four crews from RAF Brize Norton took part in Exercise Red Flag Alaska 2022 with a single C-130J Hercules aircraft deployed to Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Anchorage.

From the base, the personnel have flown up to 11 hours each day, with the RAF engineers providing a near 100% serviceability rate.

As well as the RAF's Hercules, more than 70 aircraft took part in the exercise – which requires RAF crews to spend up to 12 hours planning each mission.

As well as the RAF's Hercules, more than 70 aircraft took part in the exercise (Picture: RAF).

Wing Commander Sjoberg, Officer Commanding 47 Squadron, said the exercise "hammered home the lesson that fighting a modern air war is about teamwork and co-operation".

"47 Squadron are very privileged to participate in Exercise RED FLAG Alaska and we are grateful to the US Air Force for the world-class training they have provided," he said. 

Sorties flown included supporting 15 Squadron RAF Regiment who, alongside Tactical Air Traffic Controllers, enabled operations on a remote gravel airstrip.

Resupplies of food, water and ammunition were also airdropped, with despatch crews from 47 Air Despatch Squadron Royal Logistics Corps, also based at RAF Brize Norton.