Postponement of Exercise Maple Flag

Three fighter jets in flight.
(From top to bottom) An RCAF CF-188 Hornet from 425 Tactical Fighter Squadron, a United States Navy EA-18G Growler and an RCAF CF-188 Hornet from 401 Tactical Fighter Squadron fly the skies over Alberta on June 15, 2018, during Exercise Maple Flag 51. PHOTO: Ordinary Seaman Erica Seymour, CK02-1018-0445-063

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The RCAF has decided to not conduct Exercise Maple Flag in 2019. The RCAF will use the opportunity to re-focus its resources to update the exercise’s mandate and to modernize the infrastructure used during the exercise. The RCAF will thereby ensure that Maple Flag remains focused and relevant to fighter operations in a dynamic and fluid battlespace, now and into the future.

“After careful consideration, we will not conduct Exercise Maple Flag in 2019. We are planning to ensure we have the right capabilities at hand while working to ensure we are able to meet the evolving training needs of Canada and our Allies,” said Lieutenant-General Al Meinzinger, commander of the RCAF. “By pausing to evaluate Maple Flag, including its role and conduct in future years, I am confident we will be able to deliver a revitalized training experience that will build on the legacy of excellence for which Maple Flag is known in Canada and around the world . . . .” Read the rest of the story . . .

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