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Frisian Flag 2019
Latest update: March 2019
Leeuwarden Air Base will host the annual Royal Netherlands Air Force exercise Frisian Flag from April 1 until April 12.
Participants Frisian Flag 2019
Country: Aircraft: No. aircraft Squadron / Wing: Airbase: Comments:
France Mirage 2000D 4 EC 003 BA133 Nancy  
Germany EF-2000 8 TLG 31, TLG 74 Norvenich, Neuburg  
Netherlands F-16AM/BM 4 312 squadron Volkel  
  F-16AM/BM 4 313 squadron Volkel  
  F-16AM/BM 8 322 squadron Leeuwarden  
Poland F-16C/D 8 3/6 ELT Poznan-Krzesiny  
Switzerland F/A-18C/D 4 11 / 17 /18 Staffel Meiringen or Payerne TBC
United States F-16C/D 8 179th FS/ 148th FW Duluth, MN MN ANG
Total   48
Country: Aircraft: No. aircraft Squadron / Wing: Airbase: Comments:
NATO E-3A 1 NAEW&CF Geilenkirchen TBC
Total   1


TBC: To Be Confirmed.

Civilian contractor Cobham from the United Kingdom will participate with one Falcon 20.


The French Air Force will participate again with four of its Mirage 2000D's assigned to EC 003 and based at Base Aérienne 133 Nancy.


German Air Force EF-2000's (Typhoon) annually participate at Frisian Flag. Two of the Luftwaffe Wings should participate, TLG 31 based at Norvenich (near Cologne) and TLG 74 based at Neuburg in Bavaria.


The RNLAF will participate with 16 F-16's. The breakdown of these aircraft between the three squadrons is unknown and for now assumed to be 8 each from Leeuwarden and Volkel air bases.


The Polish Air Force will return to Leeuwarden with F-16's assigned to 31 BLTr based at Poznan-Krzesiny. Two squadrons are assigned to the base 3 ELT and 6 ELT. Unknown which squadron will take part or if the participants will be made of up both squadrons. 6 ELT is the Polish Air Force "Tiger"  squadron.


The Swiss Air Force will participate for the first time. Three squadrons are equipped with the F/A-18C/D Hornet: Fliegerstaffel 11 (also a "Tiger" squadron) based at Meiringen and Fliegerstaffel 17 and 18 based at Payerne.

United States:

This year the Air National Guard will deploy one of its F-16 squadrons. The 179th FS / 148th FW MN ANG based at Duluth IAP Minnesota will take part at Frisian Flag with eight of its F-16's. The wing will only take part at Frisian Flag.
Before being assigned the F-16C/D the wing operated the F-16A/B.ADF (Air Defense Fighter) and was tasked with the defense of the US airspace together with a number of sister wings. Except from operation from their home base the F-16A/B.ADF wings were also forward deployed at USAF bases along the eastern and western coast.

The last editions saw the ANG take part with two of their F-15C squadrons which deployed in support of Operation Atlantic Resolve. OAT started at Leeuwarden and then continued towards the eastern European countries.

Aircraft not operating from Leeuwarden:

An AWACS is always participating from its home base so most likely the NAEW&CF will take part however it's also possible an E-3F from the French Air Force will operate from its home base.

Cancelled participants:

Country: Aircraft: No. aircraft Squadron / Wing: Airbase: Comments:
Poland Mig-29 0 1 or 41 ELT Minsk or Malbork Cancelled
Portugal F-16AM/BM 0 Esq 201/301 Monte Real Cancelled


The Portuguese Air Force will deploy its F-16's in support of the rotational NATO Baltic Air Policing Mission and cancelled its participation at Frisian Flag.
Arrival days:
Thursday: previous editions saw most or all of the German EF-2000's arrive on Thursday.
Friday: remaining German EF-2000's and the other participants.

Unknown when the 179th FS will arrive at Leeuwarden.
Frisian Flag participants 2019
France: Mirage 2000D EC 003 Germany: EF-2000 Netherlands: F-16AM 312 squadron 
Netherlands: F-16AM 313 squadron Netherlands: F-16AM 322 squadron  Poland: F-16C 3/6 ELT
Switzerland: F/A-18C Fliegerstaffel 11 United States: F-16C 179th FS / 148th FW