RAF Passes NATO Evaluation

Photo: : Pictured: CAPEVAL personnel undergo a simulated chemical or biological attack. Crown Copyright/Cpl Alex Scott

 

CAPEVAL personnel undergo a simulated chemical or biological attack. Crown Copyright/Cpl Alex Scott

Text from RAF press release

A force of over 600 Royal Air Force personnel has successfully passed a major NATO evaluation at RAF Leeming to prove the RAF’s ability to conduct operations in challenging conditions.

Between 5 and 11 March men and women from 135 Expeditionary Air Wing at RAF Leeming in North Yorkshire undertook a NATO led evaluation, known as CAPEVAL, to assess the RAF’s ability to support the organisation. Supported by eight Typhoon jet aircraft the evaluation tested the RAF’s ability to cope with a range of threats from Air Policing to full warfighting.

CAPEVAL is a NATO Capability Evaluation Exercise where the RAF is tested against NATO military standards. The Evaluation phase lasts over three days with various scenarios played out, including…. Sniper attack, IED incidents, mortar attack, casualty evacuation, fast jet scrambling and coming under simulated attack from nuclear, biological and chemical weapons.

Members of 1 Squadron Royal Air Force Regiment providing force protection on CAPEVAL at Leeming. Crown Copyright/SAC Blake Carruthers

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