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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

Comments:

TBC: To Be Confirmed.

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

France:

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.

Germany:

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.

Netherlands:

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.

Poland:

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.

Switzerland:

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

Portugal:

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