USAFE-UK Host RAF Leaders sign Interoperability Charter
By Capt. Jhanelle Haag, USAFE-UK Public Affairs
/ Published December 06, 2018
ROYAL AIR FORCE LAKENHEATH, England -- U.S. Air Force and RAF leaders met to discuss bi-lateral relations and sign the Combat Air Interoperability Working Group Charter, here, November 27.
Brig. Gen. Andrew Hansen, U.S. Air Forces Europe-United Kingdom Director, hosted Air Vice-Marshal Harv Smyth, Air Officer Commanding No. 1 Group, last week to strengthen host nation ties and sign the CAIWG charter. The agreement outlines operational integration of advanced fighters and training infrastructure.
“Anytime we can come together as allies and improve our readiness states is a victory,” Smyth said. “I’m happy to have this opportunity to sign the Charter and continue our special relationship.”
The CAIWG is a working group composed of U.S. Air Force and RAF leaders who discuss issues related to airspace and training ranges for fourth and fifth-generation aircraft.
“Today both nations took a step together to ensure readiness and interoperability for our fifth-generation aircraft,” said Hansen. “The charter gives us an opportunity to quantify our roles and responsibilities and further solidifies the strong alliance we have with the United Kingdom.”
The timing of the Charter is critical due to the arrival of the F-35B Lighting II to RAF Marham on June 7, 2018 and the projected arrival of the F-35A Lighting II to RAF Lakenheath in 2021.