RAF’s Anglo-French team

British and French Air Force Pilots working  together at RAF Leeming for the Joint Warrior exercise in front of  the French Alpha jet (left) and the Hawk T1 are  Wing Commander Christopher Gleave (left) Officer in Charge of 100 Sqn based at RAF Leeming and Major Ludovic Meffre Sqn Commander 22 sqn based at Dijon.
British and French Air Force Pilots working together at RAF Leeming for the Joint Warrior exercise in front of the French Alpha jet (left) and the Hawk T1 are Wing Commander Christopher Gleave (left) Officer in Charge of 100 Sqn based at RAF Leeming and Major Ludovic Meffre Sqn Commander 22 sqn based at Dijon.

Aircrew from RAF Leeming are joining forces with their French counterparts to provide enemy forces for Europe’s largest tactically-focused exercise in a true ‘entente cordiale’.

Exercise Joint Warrior (JW) is a UK wide, tri-service and multinational exercise conducted in the spring and the autumn of each year.

The first JW of 2012 (JW 121) took place this week and aimed to provide co-ordinated training for all three UK Armed Services, along with visiting forces from allied nations.

Joint Warrior called on the skills of land, sea and air assets, and the combined efforts of RAF Leeming-based 100 Sqn and 2/2 Cote D’Or Esquadron from Dijon added a unique ‘red air’ or adversary challenge.

Officer Commanding 100 Sqn, Wing Commander Christian Gleave, said: “The French Air Force is almost exactly the same as the RAF in its approach to Air Power and 2/2 E Sqn has an almost identical role to ourselves. We were completely integrated as one aggressor force for the duration of Joint Warrior, although 100 Sqn led most sorties because of protocal.

Major Ludo Meffre, Officer Commanding of 2/2E “100 Sqn and us could be considered twins because our missions are exactly the same.”