Two CF-188 Hornet aircraft take off simultaneously during Ex TIPIC SAUVAGE in Homestead, Florida.


Personnel and aircraft from 401 Tactical Fighter Squadron, 4 Wing Cold Lake recently returned from Exercises COMBAT ARCHER and COMBAT HAMMER, held at Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida, from January 16 to February 10.

Approximately 120 personnel, 13 CF-188 Hornet fighter aircraft, a CC-150T Polaris air-to-air refuelling aircraft, a CC-130T Hercules air-to-air refuelling aircraft, and two Dornier Alpha Jets from across Canada participated.

“The goal … was to improve capabilities, identify points of strength and areas of improvement, and ultimately prepare ourselves for the next time we are called into combat,” said Lieutenant-Colonel Joe Mullins, the commanding officer of 401 Squadron.

The exercise was the first time 401 Tactical Fighter Squadron had deployed a detachment of personnel since the fall of 2015. The training provided members of CF-188 Hornet squadrons with a valued opportunity to employ live air-to-air and air-to-ground weapons systems in Tyndall’s dynamic training environment.

COMBAT ARCHER was a two-week, live, air-to-air missile exercise, while COMBAT HAMMER was a one-week, full-scale, air-to-ground bombing exercise, using inert laser-guided bombs and state-of-the-art targeting telemetry against realistic and live targets located at the Eglin Air Force Base target range.

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