Updated: 03-Jul-2003 IMS Press Advisory


30 June 2003

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Exercise Clean Hunter 2003

CLEAN HUNTER 2003, the annual live-flying NATO exercise, will take place in Allied Command Europe’s Region North and Northern France during the timeframe 23 June to 03 July 2003, with live-flying during the periods 23 - 27 June and 30 June – 03 July 2003. The exercise areas extend from Southern Germany to Denmark and from the United Kingdom to mid-Poland. Participating nations will mainly fly to and from their home bases. The exercise will be conducted by Headquarters Allied Air Forces North (HQ AIRNORTH), Ramstein/GE, through its Combined Air Operations Centres (CAOCs). CN03 will involve air forces from Belgium, Canada, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, the United Kingdom, the United States of America plus France and Turkey. France joins the exercise as part of the normal training relations that have been established with its allies.

CLEAN HUNTER 2003 is designed to promote training opportunities for all participating units, to maximize interaction between opposing forces and to exercise Headquarters Allied Air Forces North and its subordinate Combined Air Operations Centres in the planning and conduct of major co-ordinated live air operations. The exercise will involve many different types of aircraft for a wide range of operations. It plays a vital role in the maintenance of the professionalism of allied air forces. It runs concurrently with and is linked to other land and sea exercises, allowing joint planning and operations to be practised.

There will be no exercise flying during the weekends. However, waivers to allow low-level flying down to 500ft (above ground level) have been submitted by all nations. Operations will take place during daytime only. Headquarters have made every effort to avoid the concentration of aircraft noise in individual locations by using large exercise areas. In general, CLEAN HUNTER 2003 will not create much more additional flying to that of a normal flying day with the participating nations using their normal training sorties for the exercise.

Note for the Media:

Questions should be addressed to HQ AIRNORTH, Public Information Office, tel.: +49-(0)6371-40-2060 or -2065, fax: +49-(0)6371-40-1093 and e-mail: airnorth.pio@gmx.de

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