Crown Princess visits the Arctic Challenge Exercise
Today, Crown Princess Victoria visited the Arctic Challenge Exercise 2019 in Luleå.
The Arctic Challenge Exercise (ACE) is an international flight exercise organized in connection with the Nordic co-operation and the Cross Border agreement that exists between the countries of Finland, Norway, and Sweden. This is the 4th ACE to be organized, with Sweden being in charge of the exercise this year. The goal is for pilots from several nations to become acquainted with different types of aircraft in large composite aircraft forces where tactics and procedures are practiced in a realistic threat environment with simulated air defense systems.
The exercise is run from four different aerial bases and three countries - Norrbotten's aircraft fleet in Luleå (where Crown Princess visited today), Bodo Air Base and Örland Air Base in Norway as well as Lapland's aircraft fleet (Lapin lennosto) in Rovaniemi, Finland. Every weekday there will be two passes at these bases, one in the morning and one in the afternoon. The morning pass will be carried out in three different exercise areas in Norway, Sweden and Finland. The afternoon pass is carried out in the unique exercise area for ACE, (ex. in northern Sweden, northern Finland and northern Norway).
Approximately 100 combat aircraft and about 25 other aircrafts, such as tanker aircraft and management aircraft, will be participating in ACE 19- making it one of Europe's largest flying exercises this year. Approximately 4,000 people participate in the exercise.
Upon her arrival in Kallax, the Crown Princess was received by Colonel Izes, head of Norrbotten's aircraft fleet, F 21, who shared information about the exercise. During the day, the Crown Princess visited several of the participating nations' flight divisions. To read more about ACE19, be sure to visit their website.