Norway is lead nation as nearly a hundred fighter jets and 4,000 persons from nine nations gathered for a joint training exercise from 25 May to 5 June.
Arctic Challenge Exercise 2015 (ACE 2015) evolved from a Swedish exercise, Nordic Air Meet, and cross-border training between the Nordic neighbours Sweden and Finland back in 2009. The training exercise took place in the High North, with the activity being divided between Bodø in Norway, Rovaniemi in Finland, and Kallax in Sweden.
One of the largest of its kind
"This is the second time the multinational training exercise is carried out, the first being in 2013. The plan forward is to continue every other year. Even though Norway, Sweden and Finland are the host nations, all of the participating countries contribute to the planning, which helps build our national and allied capability to lead air operations," says Brigadier General Jan Ove Rygg, head of RNoAF's National Air Operations Centre (NAOC), and ACE 2015 exercise director.
He continues, "The aim is to exercise and train units in the orchestration and conduction of complex air operations, in close relations to NATO partners. The unique cross border air space makes ACE 2015 a one of a kind training ground for increasing interoperability and skills in all parts of the chain."