Wing Commander Blackwell, Detachment Commander Ex Red Flag, said:
"Exercise Red Flag 2018 is Voyager’s second large scale multi-nation COMAO (Combined Air Operations) Exercise. Alongside AirTanker, the Force has built on the lessons from Exercise Red Flag 2017 and created a template for any future Op or ex deployment.
Crews have benefited enormously from being exposed to other nations’ tactics, SOPs, capabilities, mission planning process and culture. We achieved, at least in part, all but one of our 15 training objectives and, whilst the Exercise has its limitations largely related to airspace restrictions, we must not underestimate the benefit of immersing our personnel in this environment.
I have seen positive development in Engineering, Ops and Aircrew, re-affirming my belief that if Voyager is to tactically develop, inspire and invigorate its personnel, we must participate in more exercises of this nature."