03/31/2017: Exercise COPE NORTH 17 (CN17) is a Commander Pacific Air Forces sponsored multilateral field training exercise involving the United States Air Force (USAF), Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF), and the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF).
CN17 involves large force employment Air Combat Exercise with Dissimilar Air Combat Tactics and a Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HA/DR) exercise phase.
Held from 15th February to 3rd March 2017 at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, an Air Task Group from the RAAF involving F/A-18A Hornet, E-7A Wedgetail, C-130J Hercules aircraft as well as combat support and medical elements have deployed for the Exercise.
CN17 involves over 2000 personnel and approximately 100 aircraft and aims to increase the combat readiness and interoperability of the USAF, JASDF and RAAF.
Credit: Australian Ministry of Defense: March 20, 2017