This year, the annual, two week, exercise Frisian Flag was organised by the RNLAF 323 ‘ACDC’ Squadron. Operations from Leeuwarden saw RNLAF F-35A Lightning II’s from 322 Squadron and 313 Squadron, GAF EF-2000 Eurofighters from TLG 31, BAF F-16AM Fighting Falcons from 350th Squadron FiAF F/A-18C Hornets from ??? Squadron and a Learjet LJ-35 of SkyLine serving as electronic signals combatant, all during both weeks. In the second week two RNLAF AH-64D Apache helicopters and a RNLN NH-90 helicopter were added to the scenario’s.
This edition saw a lot participants fly from surrounding airbases but also many that came over to the airbase in the northern Dutch province of Friesland.
There were DAF F-16AM Fighting Falcons, RNLAF F-16AM’s, RAF F-35B Lightning II’s (operating from the HMS Queen Elizabeth out on the North Sea), a FAF E-3A AWACS and aerial refuelling aircraft from the RNLAF with A-330 MRTT’s and the USAFE with KC-135’s.
But also there were “Ghost 01 and 02” being two F-35 pilots flying from ground based simulators that took part, which was a first.