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RAF Marham personnel take part in large scale training exercise




Aircraft and personnel from RAF Marham’s 617 Squadron joined colleagues from across the RAF as they commenced a large scale training exercise last week.

Named Exercise Crimson Warrior, the squadron were also joined by the United States Marines Corps VMFA-211 Squadron who arrived in the UK at the beginning of September to train alongside UK F-35 jets based at RAF Marham.

Crimson Warrior is a critical element of 617 and VMFA-211 Squadron’s preparation for the Carrier Strike Group deployment next year, providing high end training against realistic threats and scenarios.

Aircraft and personnel from RAF Marham’s 617 Squadron joined colleagues from across the RAF as they commenced a large scale training exercise. Picture: RAF Marham
Aircraft and personnel from RAF Marham’s 617 Squadron joined colleagues from across the RAF as they commenced a large scale training exercise. Picture: RAF Marham

It also enables the further development of interoperability with UK Typhoons and Lakenheath based USAF F15’s.

The Voyager Aircraft from RAF Brize Norton provided vital refuelling support to all aircraft.

A spokesman for RAF Marham said exercise Crimson Warrior is the culmination of a number of training exercises which have taken place over the last few months working with a number of NATO partners.

Aircraft and personnel from RAF Marham’s 617 Squadron joined colleagues from across the RAF as they commenced a large scale training exercise. Picture: RAF Marham
Aircraft and personnel from RAF Marham’s 617 Squadron joined colleagues from across the RAF as they commenced a large scale training exercise. Picture: RAF Marham

Officer Commanding 617 Squadron, commander Mark Sparrow said: “The last few months have seen a period of intensive training for the Squadron having conducted Group Exercises and Exercise Joint Warrior from HMS Queen Elizabeth alongside our United States Marine Corp and NATO colleagues.

"We are looking forward to putting the skills and qualifications that we have gained to the test in Exercise Crimson Warrior to show that we are ready to deploy on Carrier Strike Group 21 next year.”



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