SHAH ALAM: AS I am too busy to go to Butterworth, posted below are some images of the aircraft taking off from Subang airport in support of Cope Taufan 16. The pictures are taken from the outside of the airport along the road to Kampung Subang.
Also posted, are images taken at Butterworth taken by the USAF PR team. I expect more pictures to be posted by the USAF this week once the exercise is fully geared up for the scenarios designed by the planners. As this year’s exercise is deemed low-key by RMAF, I do not think there is any point of me going to Butterworth even if I got some free time on my hand.
Its so low-key, that RMAF has not even released the list of its aircraft taking part in the exercise. From the USAF pictures, however, we could see that Butterworth’s resident fighter squadron, the 18th, is involved in the exercise.
Taking pictures of the aircraft is the reason to go to Butterworth. However as the two USAF fighter squadrons involved, the 13th and 44th, are regular visitors to Malaysia through-out the years, there is no incentive to take more pictures of them.
The most interesting aircraft from USAF is the E-3C AWACS. However it is not such a draw for me to spend a few days in Butterworth to take pictures of it.
As mentioned two more separate exercises are being held simultaneously in Malaysia this week weeks. Keris Strike 2016 should be officially launched today at Sirajuddin Camp in Gemas, Johor. The exercise between the 7th Brigade and the US Army, Pacific Command will end on Aug 6.
Meanwhile, the Malaysian/Indonesia joint exercise, Malindo Latgabma 2016 will be launched at Tanjung Gelang, Kuantan, tomorrow. The planning stage of the exercise started last week. It will end on Aug 3.
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