RCAF fighter squadrons participating in Exercise Cougar South, New Orleans
Exercise Cougar South is currently underway at Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base (NAS JRB) New Orleans, Louisiana. The major exercise runs from mid-March through April 24. Several Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) tactical fighter squadrons and support units are participating. Training will cover the full spectrum of tactical employment of the CF-18 Hornet and involves personnel from 3 Wing, Bagotville, Quebec; 4 Wing, Cold Lake, Alberta; 8 Wing, Trenton, Ontario; and 17 Wing, Winnipeg, Manitoba. Scenario-based missions include air combat tactics; close air support training; air-to-air refueling training; and employment of precision-guided munitions.
This training is considered essential, especially during periods when the weather can limit training in Canada. The training is high-temp and large-scale and will increase the RCAF’s fighter force readiness and maintain tactical fighter interoperability between the RCAF, the United States Air Force and the United States Marine Corps.