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U.S. Air Force to conduct training with U.K, France at Point Blank 2018

Release Number: 041118

U.S. Air Force F-15E Strike Eagles from the 48th Fighter Wing, RAF Lakenheath, England, will train with United Kingdom F-35B and Typhoon aircraft as well as French Rafales for exercise Point Blank at RAF Lakenheath this week.

Training with NATO allies such as the UK and France improves interoperability and demonstrates the United States’ commitment to regional security. Point Blank also represents an opportunity to enhance interoperability and integration between allied fourth and fifth-generation fighter aircraft.

KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft assigned to the 100th Air Refueling Wing, RAF Mildenhall, England, and a U.K. Voyager from RAF Brize Norton will provide aerial refueling support. A variety of other U.S. and RAF aircraft based in the UK also support the exercise.

Training with joint partners, allied nations, and other U.S. Air Force units contributes to our ready and postured forces and enables us to build enduring and strategic relationships necessary to confront a broad range of global challenges.

For more information, contact U.S. Air Forces in Europe-Air Forces Africa Public Affairs at +49 06371-47-6558, usafepao.pao@us.af.mil, or usafepa.pastaffdutyofficer@us.af.mil.