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Frisian Flag 2000

From September 4th until September 15th airbase Leeuwarden in the Netherlands was crowded with jets from four different air forces. They were participating in exercise FRISIAN FLAG 2000.
On September 11th 2000, Frisian Flag issued a Media Day at Leeuwarden. Hans Nijenboer from Sentry Aviation News made this report.

Detailed information can be found below.

Photo's to the participants:
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Detailed information

Captain Maurice "SKUNK" Schonk , coordinator of Frisian Flag, started with a welcome to all the participants. Then an introduction to the Frisian Flag way of working was given by Capt.Maurice"SKUNK" Schonk and Capt. Michel Bulte. Also some plans for the FRISIAN FLAG 2001 were disclosed.

Photographic opportunities

During the day, some photographic opportunities were arranged. Photographing on the flight-line, during taxiing out and take off and after the landing.


RNLAF 16 x F-16AM322/ 323 SquadronLeeuwarden
4 x F-16AM 
8 x F-16A312 SquadronVolkel
BAF4 x F-16A  
3 x F-16AM  
USAFE 6 x F-15C493rd FSLakenheath
2 x KC- 135 *100th ARWMildenhall
GAF3 x F-4F JG 73 Laage
3 x MIG29GJG 73Laage
NATO1 x E3A *NAEWFGeilenkirchen
* Operating from home base.


Back in 1992, the large-scale exercise DIATIT was held for the first time. It was renamed DIAWACS in 1993- 1996 because the scenario was built around AWACS. Since 1997-1998 it was renamed DIATIT because the participation of the AWACS was cancelled. Due to massive participation last two years the name of the exercise was renamed FRISIAN FLAG 99.


It is a part of the 323 sq task:
-To train NATO-Pilots in planning, briefing and executing large-scale packages
-To integrate Airforce and GBAD effectively in a large-scale scenario.
-To promote the RNLAF between other airforces by organising a low-budget flag-exercise.


To train Offensive Counter Air roles in a realistic large-scale multi-national scenario, with emphasis placed on the effective integration of all the available assets (Ground & Air).


- Blue Air versus dedicated Red Air
- One FAOR and one/two OCA- Force
- Red Air will act as training aid simulating Mig-29, SU-27
- Target defences by SA8, Roland, ZSU 23-4,
- Mission types flown: OCA, (B) AI, CAS.


- Air to Air by Red- Air Lead
- Mass-Debrief by AIRBOSS/RTO
- Extensive use of ASE-debrief facilities.
- General lessons learned by AIRBOSS/RTO

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