Security forces from Japan, Australia and the United States shared their tactics, training and procedures and determined how to best integrate their capabilities as a joint team during Exercise Cope North.

The Royal Australian Air Force, United States Air Force (USAF) and Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF) Security Forces conducted combined training at the Commando Warrior facility at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam.

The seven-day activity was part of a Commander Pacific Air Forces subject matter expert exchange and culminated in a field training exercise where multinational teams worked together to defend an air base.

No. 1 Security Forces Squadron Defensive Operations Flight Sergeant Scott Robertson said the training involved sharing weapons systems, military working dog security and urban and jungle warfare tactics.

“It was a good opportunity to test the interoperability of our capabilities,” Flight Sergeant Robertson said.

“We learnt three nations’ weapons systems, including the effects and how the weapons systems are used in the battlespace."

“We overcame language barriers in weapons drills by using hand signals and clear body language.”

Flight Sergeant Robertson said each nation’s security forces teams provided their subject matter knowledge on how they provide security.

“The lessons learnt from previous exercises between the RAAF aircraft security operations team and the USAF Raven team were also shared with the JASDF,” he said.

“We become comfortable with how each other operates and built confidence in our abilities to seamlessly integrate as a joint task force.”