HomeNewsArticle Display

USAFE-UK host RAF leaders, sign interoperability charter

Air Vice-Marshal Harv Smyth, Air Officer Commanding No. 1 Group signs the Combat Air Interoperability Working Group Charter, Nov. 27, 2018, at RAF Lakenheath, U.K. The charter outlines operational integration of advanced fighters and training infrastructure. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Christopher S. Sparks)

Air Vice-Marshal Harv Smyth, Air Officer Commanding No. 1 Group, center, poses with Air Commodore Jez Attridge, Joint Force Air Component Commander, left, and Brig. Gen. Andrew Hansen, U.S. Air Force Europe-United Kingdom director, right, in front of an F-15E Strike Eagle, Nov. 27, 2018, at RAF Lakenheath, U.K. The U.S. Air Force and Royal Air Force leaders met to discuss bilateral relations and sign the Combat Air Interoperability Working Group Charter. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Christopher S. Sparks)

ROYAL AIR FORCE LAKENHEATH, U.K. (AFNS) -- U.S. Air Force and Royal Air Force leaders met to discuss bilateral relations and sign the Combat Air Interoperability Working Group Charter at RAF Lakenheath, U.K., Nov. 27.

Brig. Gen. Andrew Hansen, U.S. Air Forces Europe-United Kingdom director, hosted Air Vice-Marshal Harv Smyth, Air Officer Commanding No. 1 Group, last week to strengthen host nation ties and sign the CAIWG charter. The agreement outlines operational integration of advanced fighters and training infrastructure.

“Anytime we can come together as allies and improve our readiness states is a victory,” Smyth said. “I’m happy to have this opportunity to sign the charter and continue our special relationship.”

The CAIWG is a working group composed of U.S. and Royal Air Force leaders who discuss issues related to airspace and training ranges for fourth and fifth-generation aircraft.

“Today both nations took a step together to ensure readiness and interoperability for our fifth-generation aircraft,” said Hansen. “The charter gives us an opportunity to quantify our roles and responsibilities and further solidifies the strong alliance we have with the United Kingdom.”

The timing of the charter is critical due to the arrival of the F-35B Lighting II to RAF Marham, U.K., June 7, 2018 and the projected arrival of the F-35A Lighting II to RAF Lakenheath in 2021.

Engage

Facebook Twitter
The #USAF’s budget would rise to $165B in #FY2020 under the White House spending plan unveiled March 12, a $10B inc… https://t.co/NjGUdeSiAE
This #Airman is paving a runway that would allow her to take off to a bright future for herself & those women & you… https://t.co/gcPWPk9u5f
#ICYMI: @28thBombWing #EOD accounted for 400+ @USNavy projectiles after highway collision. https://t.co/hbO70xcZpy https://t.co/GUeRPKwD03
In celebration of #WomensHistoryMonth, we recognize the first female #Airman to be selected for the grade of E-9, C… https://t.co/KIXeYUuBg8
RT @HQ_AFMC: This #rodeo didn't feature cowboys & girls--rather, it lasso'd up the next BIG ideas in @usairforce #innovation including new…
An #F16 flies over @TeamEglin, Feb. 14, 2019. The 40th Flight Test Squadron’s mission is to execute exceptional fig… https://t.co/DoTGJRvV8u
.@KunsanAirBase #Airman named 2019 Federal Engineer of the Year after leading a 324-member coalition team in execut… https://t.co/mR7Ee4rTuF
This @180thFW #Airman spent two months in Antartica with one mission: keep the #Airmen safe in the most inhospitabl… https://t.co/Eq8j6EKUZ7
Professionals at #Airman & Family Readiness Centers stand ready to support military spouses with achieving their sh… https://t.co/wBRbGaF2HU
#AirForce RPAs reach a historic flight milestone, completing more than 4 million flying hours in support of a 24-ho… https://t.co/FfoSUAOuIc
.@US_EUCOM deployed a THAAD system to #Israel under the Dynamic Force Employment Concept. The exercise builds readi… https://t.co/u5L7ZfX2i9
#MentorMonday: Join this @81trwKeeslerAFB #Airman on his journey to find and hold a conference with peers who shar… https://t.co/tDTg9mXjQC
COPE North 2019 brought together the #USAF, @AusAirForce and the Koku Jieitai to train @AndersenAFBGuam & neighbori… https://t.co/IJN1PQ0Vh7
A #KC135 Stratotanker from the 168th Wing, #Alaska #AirNationalGuard refuels an #F16 from the 18th Aggressor Sq,… https://t.co/L9WHfANaRE
The #USAF is experimenting to find out whether giving #Airmen access to industry-provided network service, customer… https://t.co/gs3kV67KZo
.@455thAEW #Airmen recently teamed up w/pararescuemen from the 83rd Expeditionary Rescue Squadron & Army CH-47… https://t.co/kQMArMYrvP
The @AFResearchLab has launched a new #podcast, bringing you behind the scenes with #AirForce #STEM professionals w… https://t.co/3fmFqBTvtA