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

The Typhoons 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.

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.

Flight Lieutenant Smyth
IX (F) Squadron pilot
F-35B Lightnings of 617 (Dambusters) Squadron refuelling from a 101 Squadron Voyager off Southwest France on Exercise Atlantic Trident.
Aircraft Handlers during flying operations.

Less than 48 hours after departing British waters, the first exercise of CSG21 has begun. Atlantic Trident will see British and American F-35Bs from HMS Queen Elizabeth working with French aircraft and RAF Typhoons in the Bay of Biscay. The Exercise is designed to bring about closer integration, greater combat readiness and better fighting capability between the UK and its two closest defence partners.

The participation of the UK’s Royal Air Force in Exercise Atlantic Trident is a reflection of the high value we place on working with and flying with our French and U.S. partners. Typhoon fighters from XI(F) Squadron and F-35B Lightnings of 617 (Dambusters) Squadron will be taking part in the exercise while Voyager tankers from 101 Squadron will provide fuel for aircraft from all three nations. The Exercise marks a milestone in RAF  history as this will be the first international exercise in which jets from the new UK aircraft carrier, HMS Queen Elizabeth will take part.

Group Captain Farrow
RAF Liaison Officer to the French Military
Pilot comes and talks with the CFD

Less than 48 hours after departing British waters, the first exercise of CSG21 has begun. Atlantic Trident will see British and American F-35Bs from HMS Queen Elizabeth working with French aircraft and RAF Typhoons in the Bay of Biscay. The Exercise is designed to bring about closer integration, greater combat readiness and better fighting capability between the UK and its two closest defence partners. HMS Queen Elizabeth is the deployed flag ship for Carrier Strike Group 21(CSG21). CSG21 will see the ship along with the Strike Group work with over 40 countries from around the world. The Strike Group will operate and exercise with other Countries Navies and Air Forces during the 7 month deployment.

The Strike Group includes ships from the United States Navy, The Dutch Navy, and Marines from the US Marine Corps. As well as UK Frigates, Destroyers two RFA supply ships and air assets from 617 Sqn, 820 NAS, 815 NAS and 845 NAS. This will be the largest deployment of Fifth Generation Fighter Jets in history.

Credit: SAC Tom Cann RAF

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