Frisian Flag 2019 – The Netherlands

From Monday 1 April to Friday 12 April, Leeuwarden Air Base will host the large-scale international exercise Frisian Flag 2019. During the exercise, over 50 aircraft and fighter aircraft will complete extensive and complex training missions.

F-16 Fighting Falcon
F-16 Fighting Falcon

Participating countries and aircraft

In addition to the Royal Netherlands Air Force’s F-16s, coalition partners Germany, France, Poland, Switzerland, United Kingdom and the United States will also be participating in Frisian Flag with their (fighter) aircraft.

Exercise Frisian Flag will take place twice a day between 08:00 and 16:00. There will be no flights at night and during the weekend.

Leeuwarden AB, EHLW NLD

Nation Aircraft
France M-2000D Dassault Mirage (4x)
Germany EF-2000 Eurofighter (8x)
Netherlands F-16 Fighting Falcon (16x)
Poland F-16 Fighting Falcon (8x)
Switzerland F-18 Hornet (4x)
United Kingdom Cobham DA-20 (1x)
United States F-16

Air traffic control and organisation

The Dutch and German Control and Reporting Centre (CRC) will have command over the entire exercise area. An AWACS radar aircraft will support the CRC with radar images and its onboard tactical controllers.

Frisian Flag is organised by 322 TACTES Squadron, based at Leeuwarden Air Base.

EART tanker exercise at Eindhoven Air Base

Simultaneously with Frisian Flag, an international tanker exercise will also be taking place: European Air Refuelling Training (EART). This exercise will be based at Eindhoven Air Base. The aircraft participating in this exercise will provide air-to-air refuelling of the aircraft taking part in Frisian Flag. Tanker aircraft from Germany, France, Italy, Netherlands, United Kingdom and the United States will be taking part. Source