U.S., Indonesia air forces to participate in Cope West 16

JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM, Hawaii --

Aviation units from the U.S. and Indonesia will participate in the Cope West 2016 Field Training Exercise in Indonesia Oct. 19 through 23.

CW16 is a bilateral, tactical airlift exercise involving the U.S. and Indonesian air forces. The exercise enhances combined readiness and interoperability, reinforces the U.S. commitment to the Pacific and demonstrates U.S. capability to conduct tactical airlift operations in a bilateral environment.

It also allows for the exchange of techniques related to airlift, air-land and airdrop delivery specific to U.S. and Indonesian aircraft and promotes regional stability through cooperation and unity of purpose.

Approximately 16 U.S. personnel will participate in the exercise with service members from the Indonesian Air Force. Additionally, one U.S. Air Force C-130H Hercules from the 36th Airlift Squadron with Yokota Air Base, Japan, and an Indonesian air force C-130B Hercules will participate in Cope West 2016.