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27-05-2013

Belgian Defence participates in Canadian exercise Maple Flag

Maple Flag is an advanced aerial combat training exercise hosted at the Canadian Forces Base Cold Lake in Alberta from May 24th to June 21st.


Picture Belgian Defence

Maple Flag occurs annually over a four-week-period and provides realistic training for pilots from the Royal Canadian Air Force, as well as select allied air forces from around the world.

The exercise is split into 2 two-week phases. From May 24th to June 9th, Belgian pilots of both the 2d Tactical Wing from Florennes as the 10th Tactical Wing from Kleine-Brogel participate. During the second period, from June 10th to June 21st, Belgian pathfinders join them and will practice on how to save pilots from enemy territory.

Maple Flag is an excellent opportunity for the Belgian F-16 pilots to train together with colleagues from Allied nations, and to exchange experiences and knowledge. These pilots are in fact often deployed together in real military operations, as was the case in 2011 in Libya.


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