Vital role in international exercise

Ops controllers at RAF Boulmer working during Operation Joint Warrior.
Ops controllers at RAF Boulmer working during Operation Joint Warrior.

RAF Boulmer has been playing a vital role in an international exercise.

Aerospace battle managers at the control and reporting centre have been working with RAF and French aircraft as part of Exercise Joint Warrior.

They worked with their French colleagues in conflict scenarios and hostile environments.

The exercise provided the opportunity to train with US, Canadian, Brazilian and French maritime patrol aircraft searching for ships and submarines.

Wing Commander Martin Ogden said: “Exercise Joint Warrior provides first-class training opportunies for all control and reporting centre staff, many of whom will be deployed to operational theatres within the Middle East and elsewhere.

“There is little doubt that high-intensity training, conducted within a joint and coalition environment, ensures personnel have the necessary skills and knowledge to ensure operational success.”

Forty-eight Army personnel from 16 Regiment Royal Artillery, which is equipped with Rapier air defence missiles, have been deployed to RAF Boulmer to foster increased integration between the RAF controllers and Army ground-based air defence.