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May 12 2022

Oldest Squadron in the Hellenic Air Force hosts new Tigers

RAMSTEIN, Germany - The oldest squadron in the Hellenic Air Force (HAF), 335 Squadron, is hosting 4th Generation Allied and Partner aircraft at Araxos Air Base in West Greece for the 2022 NATO Tiger Meet.

335 Squadron with its call sign "Tiger" was established in 1941 and has flown a range of different aircraft in its history. Its aircrew currently fly the advanced F-16, which will operate side by side with Italian and German Eurofighters, French Rafales, Belgian F-16s, Swiss and Spanish F-18s alongside other Allied and Partner support aircraft and helicopters. The high caliber training is being executed over the 2-week Tiger Meet.

 With more than 1000 personnel and more than 60 aircraft, 116 Combat Wing is hosting  a large number of different air assets from Allied and Partner nations at Araxos Airbase. Having more aircraft on base than normal and the different airframes pose logistical and engineering challenges for the Base Support staffs.

 The tactical training, simulating realistic scenarios, is one major aspect for           aircrews and all the personnel to harmonize their procedures for being ready to  achieve the collective aim of ensuring safe and secure skies over every Alliance's member

"The tactical training, simulating realistic scenarios, is one major aspect for aircrews and all the personnel to harmonize their procedures for being ready to achieve the collective aim of ensuring safe and secure skies over every Alliance's member," said Colonel (P) Petros Sassaris, Base Commander of the 116 Combat Wing of Araxos Air Base.


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Hellenic Air Force F-16 during air combat training and exercising air attacks. Photo: Hellenic Air Force


The first week of the exercise has seen training in a wide spectrum of air operations. This has included composite air operations, air combat training and air attacks, challenging the air and ground crews in a high intensity complex scenario.

Consistent training and exercise improves interoperability, readiness and cohesion of Alliance force and demonstrates their ability react to any threat across the Euro Atlantic area.

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Italian Eurofighter 2000 from the 36th Fighter wing. Photo courtesy Hellenic Air Force
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French Rafael from the 3-30 Squadron. Photo courtesy: Hellenic Air Force

Story by Allied Air Command Public Affairs Office

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