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RAF and Finnish fighter jets conduct Joint Expeditionary Force exercises in the High North

Two Typhoons on the runway.

Royal Air Force Typhoon fighters from 6 Squadron, RAF Lossiemouth are conducting enhanced training with F/A-18 Hornets of the Finnish Air Force in the High North as part of the UK-led Joint Expeditionary Force.

Lapland Air Command is hosting the visit at Rovaniemi Air Base.  The RAF detachment consists of four Eurofighter Typhoon FGR4s and around 70 personnel.

Typhoons on the airfield.

The aim of the training is to strengthen the cooperation and interoperability of the Finnish Air Force and the RAF in the High North.  The event will include also include cross border training missions with the Swedish Air Force, says Lieutenant Colonel Vihersalo, Commander of Fighter Squadron 11, Lapland Air Command.

"Working with the Finnish Air Force as part of the Joint Expeditionary Force provides an opportunity to integrate more closely and develop our skills in a different environment, in the High North."

Wing Commander Rees
Officer Commanding 6 Squadron

Typhoon taking off.

The Eurofighter Typhoons operating out of Rovaniemi Air Base will participate in the Finnish Air Force’s daily flight training activity together with the F/A-18 Hornets of the Lapland and Karelia Air Commands.

Typhoon on the runway.

Lieutenant Colonel Tuukka Karjalainen discusses his part in the Exercise below. 

Wing Commander Rees, Officer Commanding 6 Squadron also gave an interview about the Exercise.

The Joint Expeditionary Force training event is part of the Finnish Defence Forces’ enhanced training and exercise activity with partners, approved by the Finnish Minister of Defence Antti Kaikkonen on 27th May 2022.  The objective of the enhanced cooperation is to strengthen Finland’s defence capability and to demonstrate partner nations’ support to Finland.

Typhoon on the airfield.

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