By Pacific Island Times News Staff
Air forces from around the world have begun arriving in Guam to participate in Cope North 2024 (CN24), Feb. 5-23, 2024.
CN24 is a multinational, U.S. Pacific Air Forces-sponsored, field training exercise (FTX) focused on airborne integration for large-force employment and agile combat employment (ACE).
The United States, Australian and Japanese air forces, who work as tri-lateral exercise leads, will establish command and control and organize training for the multinational task force of six participating nations and observers.
Exercise activities will take place at Andersen Air Force Base and Northwest Field Guam; Antonio B. Won Pat Guam International Airport; Commonwealth Northern Mariana Islands.
CN24 aims to further integrate Ally and partner contributions towards enhancing security and stability to maintain a free and open Indo-Pacific.
Approximately 1700 U.S. Airmen, Marines, and Sailors will train alongside 700 Japan Air Self-Defense Force, Royal Australian Air Force, French Air and Space Force, Royal Canadian Air Force and Republic of Korea Air Force service members in CN24. About 85 aircraft from the United States, Australia, Japan, France, and South Korea will fly 1400 missions across three islands and six airfields.
Established initially in 1978 as a quarterly bilateral exercise held at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Cope North moved to Andersen AFB in 1999, and became a tri-lateral exercise in 2012 with the addition of the Royal Australian Air Force. It is the U.S. Pacific Air Forces’ largest annual multilateral exercise. (Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam)