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RAF Voyager flies in Exercise Bersama Lima

11th October 2019 - 10:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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A Royal Air Force (RAF) Voyager aircraft is taking part in Exercise Bersama Lima out of Paya Lebar Airbase in Singapore. 

Exercise Bersama Lima, the annual Five Powers Defence Arrangements exercise, brings participants from the armed forces of Australia, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore and the UK together to conduct complex activities in joint training settings. 

The RAF Voyager aircraft is conducting air-to-air refuelling (AAR) sorties with deployed RAF Typhoons of Number II (Army Cooperation) Squadron.

The Voyager is crewed during AAR sorties by two pilots and a mission system operator, whose role is to control the actual refuelling equipment. During exercise sorties the Voyager has been airborne for up eight hours refuelling multiple pairs of Typhoons.

Squadron Leader Nathan Giles, the Voyager Detachment Commander said: ‘This Voyager deployment is an important step for the force as it demonstrates our ability to operate at considerable range from our home base of Brize Norton and thereby enable the global projection of RAF airpower. 

‘The training value of Exercise Bersama Lima for the detachment is also important as we overcome the challenges of operating in the difficult weather conditions of Singapore and Malaysia.’

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