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US, Japan, Australia converge on Guam for Cope North 21

U.S. Air Force, Japan Air Self-Defense Force and Royal Australian Air Force aircraft fly in formation during a photo exercise at COPE North 20, at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, Feb. 19, 2020. Exercise Cope North is an annual U.S. Pacific Air Forces tri-lateral field training exercise with participants from the U.S. Air Force, U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps, Japan Air Self-Defense Force and the Royal Australian Air Force. The primary intent of COPE North is to enhance coordination of combined air tactics, hone techniques and procedures while strengthening security and stability in the Indo-Pacific region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Divine Cox)

U.S. Air Force, Japan Air Self-Defense Force and Royal Australian Air Force aircraft fly in formation during a photo exercise at COPE North 20, at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, Feb. 19, 2020. Exercise Cope North is an annual U.S. Pacific Air Forces tri-lateral field training exercise with participants from the U.S. Air Force, U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps, Japan Air Self-Defense Force and the Royal Australian Air Force. The primary intent of COPE North is to enhance coordination of combined air tactics, hone techniques and procedures while strengthening security and stability in the Indo-Pacific region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Divine Cox)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Christine Ebio assigned to the 18th Medical Group, Kadena Air Base, Japan, directs a Humvee for a patient transport during a Cope North 20 (CN20) mass casualty exercise at Rota, U.S. Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Feb 20, 2020. Service members from the U.S., Royal Australian Air force, and Koku Jieitai (Japan Air Self-Defense Force) honed their Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR) skills by providing emergency medical care for simulated patients. Cope North enhances U.S. relations with regional allies and partners by demonstrating resolve to promote security and stability throughout the Indo-Pacific. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Curt Beach)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Christine Ebio assigned to the 18th Medical Group, Kadena Air Base, Japan, directs a Humvee for a patient transport during a Cope North 20 (CN20) mass casualty exercise at Rota, U.S. Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Feb 20, 2020. Service members from the U.S., Royal Australian Air force, and Koku Jieitai (Japan Air Self-Defense Force) honed their Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR) skills by providing emergency medical care for simulated patients. Cope North enhances U.S. relations with regional allies and partners by demonstrating resolve to promote security and stability throughout the Indo-Pacific. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Curt Beach)

A Koku Jieitai (Japan Air Self Defense Force) US-2 is refueled by U.S. and JASDF service members during Exercise Cope North 20 at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, Feb. 20, 2020. The 36th Logistics Readiness Squadron Fuels Management Flight won the Pacific Air Forces Best Fuel Flight for 2019, and is one of three bases considered to win the American Petroleum Institute Award, an award given to the best fuels team in the U.S. Air Force. Cope North 20 is an annual trilateral field training exercise conducted at Andersen AFB and around the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI), Palau and Yap in the Federated States of Micronesia. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Michael S. Murphy)

A Koku Jieitai (Japan Air Self Defense Force) US-2 is refueled by U.S. and JASDF service members during Exercise Cope North 20 at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, Feb. 20, 2020. The 36th Logistics Readiness Squadron Fuels Management Flight won the Pacific Air Forces Best Fuel Flight for 2019, and is one of three bases considered to win the American Petroleum Institute Award, an award given to the best fuels team in the U.S. Air Force. Cope North 20 is an annual trilateral field training exercise conducted at Andersen AFB and around the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI), Palau and Yap in the Federated States of Micronesia. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Michael S. Murphy)

JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM, Hawaii --

Air forces from the United States, Japan and Australia will participate in Cope North 2021 at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, Feb. 3-19 to conduct humanitarian assistance and disaster relief (HA/DR) operations, as well as to conduct large force employment and combat air forces training.

A multinational task force led by the Japan Air Self-Defense Force, or Koku-Jieitai, will ensure training scenarios are conducted during the exercise and reflect real-world situations.

The exercise kicks off with a HA/DR event to reinforce the three countries’ combined ability to support the Indo-Pacific region during a natural disaster. Operations will take place at Andersen AFB, Guam; Northwest Field, Guam; and Koror and Angaur, Palau.

In a first for Cope North, the F-35A Joint Strike Fighter from the 356th Fighter Squadron, 354th Fighter Wing, Eielson AFB, Alaska, will participate, integrating with Koku-Jieitai and Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) aircraft. The focus of this integration is on common communications capabilities and web-enabled logistics support.

The fighters will also conduct close air support and offensive and defensive counter-air and aerial refueling missions, concluding with a large force employment exercise designed to increase readiness and interoperability among the three countries.

Participants will also be exercising their agile combat employment, or ACE, concepts during Cope North. ACE allows for more flexibility by operating more freely with allies and partners throughout the Indo-Pacific, whether that be in a contested environment or in a location without established infrastructure, such as during times of crisis or disaster response.

More than 1,800 U.S. Airmen, Marines and Sailors will train alongside 400 combined Koku-Jieitai and RAAF service members, and approximately 95 aircraft from 23 flying units during CN21.

Established in 1978 as a quarterly bilateral exercise held at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Cope North moved to Andersen AFB in 1999. It is U.S. Pacific Air Forces’ largest multilateral exercise.

For more information about Cope North and U.S. Pacific Air Force’s participation, call U.S.

Pacific Air Force Public Affairs at (808) 448-3225 or (808) 221-6148.