U.S., Canada, Japan, South Korea, Australia, and France to Hold Joint Air Drill in South Pacific

The Air Forces of the United States, Japan, South Korea, Australia, France, and Canada are conducting the Cope North 2024 Multinational Flyover Exercise.

The exercise began on February 5th and continues until the 23rd. These drills are currently taking place in the skies over Guam, Saipan, and Tinian Islands, all located in the South Pacific Ocean.

This event started with a joint flyover of American, Japanese, and Australian aircraft. The other exercises include conducting joint missions and joint control of the airspace.

The purpose of this exercise is to increase the interoperability of allied nations within the South Pacific, likely in response to China’s aggression and increased activity in the region.