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Frisian Flag
 
Latest update: November 2018
 
Frisian Flag is the Royal Netherlands Air Force fighter aircraft exercise annually held at Leeuwarden Air Base. The exercise runs two weeks in March and/or April depending on Easter.

Participating countries:

Country Aircraft 2019 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012
Belgium F-16AM/BM   No Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes
Denmark F-16AM/BM   No No No No Yes No No
Finland F/A-18C   No No Yes Yes Yes No Yes
France Mirage F.1CR No No No No No No Yes No
  Mirage 2000B/C   No No No No No Yes No
  Mirage 2000D   Yes Yes Yes No No No No
  Rafale B   Yes No No No No No No
  Rafale C   Yes No No No No No No
Germany EF-2000   Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Netherlands F-16AM/BM Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Norway Falcon 20   No No Yes No No No No
  F-16AM/BM   No No No No Yes No Yes
Poland F-16C/D   Yes No Yes Yes No Yes No
  Mig-29A   Yes No No No No No No
Portugal F-16AM/BM   No Yes No No Yes No No
Spain EF-18A/B   Yes No No Yes No No No
  EF-2000   No No No No Yes No No
Sweden JAS-39C/D   No No No No No Yes Yes
United Kingdom Typhoon FGR.4   No No No No No No Yes
  Tornado GR.4/GR.4A No No Yes Yes No No No No
United States F-15C/D   Yes Yes Yes Yes No No No
                   


European Reassurance Initiative (ERI) / Operation Atlantic Resolve (OAR):

From 2015 the Air National Guard (USAF) deployed F-15s to Europe as part of the European Reassurance Initiative (ERI) / Operation Atlantic Resolve (OAR). The Theater Security Package (TSP) consisted of twelve F-15C/D Eagles from two squadrons deploying for a period of six months. TSP arrived at Leeuwarden (see note) where local training flights were made followed by participating in the Frisian Flag exercise. After the exercise ended the ANG fighter squadrons relocated to Eastern Europe.

Note: TSP 2016 was split with half the detachment taking part in Frisian Flag and the other half conducting the NATO Air Policing Mission Iceland from Keflavik

Below an overview of the participating countries and their aircraft based on the reporting table above. For more details about the specific exercise visit below
 
Frisian Flag 2019 Frisian Flag 2018  
   
     
Frisian Flag 2017 Frisian Flag 2016 Frisian Flag 2015
 
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Belgian Air Component F-16AM Royal Danish Air Force F-16AM Finnish Air Force F/A-18C
     
French Air Force Mirage F.1CR French Air Force Mirage 2000C French Air Force Mirage 2000D (2017)
     
French Air Force Rafale B French Air Force Rafale C German Air Force EF-2000
     
Royal Netherlands Air Force F-16AM Norwegian Air Force Falcon 20 Norwegian Air Force F-16AM
     
Polish Air Force F-16C Polish Air Force Mig-29A Portuguese Air Force F-16AM
     
Spanish Air Force EF-18A. Spanish Air Force EF-2000 Swedish Air Force JAS-39
     
Royal Air Force Tornado GR.4 Royal Air Force Typhoon FGR.4 USAF - Air National Guard F-15C