Multinational task force leading air, sea training during Cope North 24

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Air forces from around the world will begin arriving in Guam to participate in Cope North 2024 (CN24) taking place 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).

U.S., Australia, and Japan air forces, as the trilateral 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 - Tinian, and Saipan.

CN24 aims to further integrate Ally and partner contributions towards enhancing security and stability to maintain a free and open Indo-Pacific.

Approximately 1,700 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 1,400 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 trilateral exercise in 2012 with the addition of the Royal Australian Air Force. It is the U.S. Pacific Air Forces’ largest annual multilateral exercise.

For more information about Cope North and U.S. Pacific Air Forces’ participation, contact Public Affairs at (808) 789-8828 or (808) 221-6148.