COPE SOUTH 15 SUCCESSFULLY ENDS


COPE SOUTH 15 SUCCESSFULLY ENDS

150129-F-RG147-0011st Lt. Jake Bailey, Pacific Air Forces Public Affairs

BAF BASE BANGABANDHU, Bangladesh (AFNS) — U.S. and Bangladesh air force (BAF) personnel joined together for the closing ceremony of exercise Cope South 15 (CS15) here Jan. 29.

150127-F-RG147-101Airmen from each force took the opportunity to thank each other for the teamwork, professionalism and close cooperation that was displayed during the exercise.

“Cope South is a prime example of how combined forces can rapidly respond and integrate with each other to execute airlift operations across the Pacific (area of responsibility) during contingencies and crises,” said Maj. Adam Staubach, the 36th Airlift Squadron mission commander. “Like us, our Bangladesh air force counterparts value the peace and stability that airpower through partnership can deliver to this region.”

16376750735_0cb8d9eee4_z16375850162_7fdcb1ebfa_z15756731613_7a23018154_zThis year, U.S. and BAF Airmen flew 25 sorties, dropped 840 paratroopers and delivered 20 low-cost, low-altitude and container delivery system airdrop bundles to forward drop zone locations. Eighty U.S. Airmen, along with three C-130H Hercules aircraft from the 36th ALS at Yokota Air Base, Japan, joined approximately 200 Bangladesh air force service members and one Bangladeshi C-130B aircraft from the 101st Special Flying Unit during the exercise. This year featured the first participation of F-7BG fighter aircraft from BAF’s 5th Squadron, which provided intercept and escort duties for C-130 fight operations.

During CS15, U.S. and Bangladesh air forces exchanged airlift, air-land and airdrop delivery techniques aimed towards advancing their combined ability to respond to regional disasters.

16189327887_9b4bfccc87_z 16350768806_ed32488af8_z 16376665005_a68846d23f_z 16190808687_1eccb6c36b_z 16189342000_47e5c4741e_z 16375697632_a855992a88_z 15763820673_6ec0153a33_z 16204313369_b623e7f44a_z 16396289832_9e587e1a73_z 16400306885_57d67aa402_z 16405102472_c85f15390d_z 16218397938_7225c35815_z 16405125862_2d5e679657_z 16399326152_208e988868_z 16212895588_47180a98b7_z 16214298369_4fe2fc4349_z Cope South 2015 150128-F-RG147-033 15763820673_6ec0153a33_z-2 16396289832_9e587e1a73_z Cope South 2015 us bd cope south USAF and Bangladesh Air Force conducts Exercise Cope South 15 6 USAF and Bangladesh Air Force conducts Exercise Cope South 15 4 USAF and Bangladesh Air Force conducts Exercise Cope South 15 3 USAF and Bangladesh Air Force conducts Exercise Cope South 15 2 USAF and Bangladesh Air Force conducts Exercise Cope South 15 1 150127-F-RG147-238 150127-F-RG147-157 486x274_q75 150124-F-RG147-196 Air Officer Commanding of BAF Base Bangabandhu Air Commodore Mohammad Obaidur Rahman said the tactics, techniques and procedures shared during the exercise are beneficial for ensuring BAF and U.S. interoperability during future operations.

150127-F-RG147-326 150124-F-RG147-911 5 3 2 1Cope South participants placed emphasis on developing USAF-BAF relationships and continuing to seek additional engagement opportunities, particularly in areas of humanitarian assistance and disaster relief, aviation safety, airlift and aviation maintenance and logistics.

“Our BAF counterparts are true professionals,” Staubach said. “We appreciate the close relationship we share and their willingness to host major events, exercises and operations that are critical to advancing our mutual understanding of each other’s capabilities and enhancing our ability to operate together.”

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FEBRUARY 03, 2015

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