Operations and Exercises

RESEARCH NOTES

The following provides a summary of some of the operations / exercises that No. 35 Squadron participated in:

  • Active Edge: Generation Exercise
  • Angle Iron: Exercise to test the SAM, AA and Fighter Defences of Singapore Island
  • Argus: Bomber Command exercise using continental targets
  • Arkex: Exercise to enable the Ark Royal to practice its interception techniques
  • Bait:
  • Baker: Exercise to evaluate NEAF’s ability to mount attack sorties at intensive rates using conventional 1000lb bombs
  • Blue Moon: COMTACDEN sponsored exercise to test air defences over Denmark (ADEX)
  • Brown Falcon: COMAIRBALT / COMTACDEN sponsored air defence exercise (ADEX) with high and level sorties over Norway and Denmark (including bomb drop)
  • Bulldog: Bomber Command exercise designed to enable crews to practice day and night attacks on defended targets
  • Cadmin: Station Alert exercise
  • Cadmus: NATO exercise
  • Cavalcade: No. 1 Group exercise to test UK air defences
  • Cloudy Chorus: COMAAFCE sponsored exercise flying high and low level sorties over Belgium, France, Holland and Germany (including bomb drop)
  • Coffee Charlie: Exercise to test air defences at RAF Neatishead (Norfolk)
  • Cold Fire: CINCENT / NATO sponsored exercise with high and low level sorties over the UK and Continent
  • Co-Op: Exercise to test Danish Air Defence at low level
  • Crackforce: AFCENT sponsored central region air defence exercise, with high / low level sorties
  • Dagger: UK air defence exercise
  • Datex: Large scale French air defence exercise (ADEX)
  • Dawn Breeze: UK Naval Exercise
  • Dialect: Radar monitoring trial
  • Dawn Patrol: Annual NATO exercise involving land and sea forces
  • Deep Furrow: Annual NATO exercise
  • Dividend: UK air defence exercise
  • Double Top: Annual navigation and bombing competition
  • Easy Life: NATO exercise
  • Fairwind: Naval Liaison Exercise
  • Fawley: HQMEAF exercise to test Cyprian air defences
  • Foil: Full-scale exercise to test the United Kingdom’s fighter defences.
  • Frontline: Cross country / bombing exercise to Germany
  • Forearm: Deployment to RAF Akrotiri, Cyprus for fighter affiliation and bombing exercises
  • Fullplay: NATO defence exercise
  • Giant Voice: Strategic Air Command Bombing Competition (USA)
  • Green Cobra: Combined NATO air and sea exercise (Italian mainland and NATO fleet)
  • Haricot Vert: Exercise (with the squadron in competition with No. 617 Squadron) involving low level simulated attacks over Northern France and East England, culminating in first run attack (FRA) at Wainfleet Range
  • Hettie: NEAF Generation and Dispersal Exercise
  • High Castor: Exercise to test the SAM and fighter air defences in the Darwin area
  • Highfield: 11 Group sponsored air defence exercise
  • Highwood: Joint naval / air force exercise
  • Home Fleet exercises: Joint Royal Navy / RAF exercise
  • Index: Exercise to test squadron dispersal and war plans including Intruder Activity, Change of readiness state, Air Raid Procedures, Battle Damage Repair, Casualty and First Aid Procedures
  • Instow: Maritime Radar Reconnaissance
  • Jigsaw: UK Air Defence Exercise
  • Jink: Repatriation of soldiers of the 8th Army (Post War)
  • Joint Maritime Course (JMC): Chaff sowing and attack on a designated ship (including splash target bombing)
  • Jungle King: Bomber Command exercise (airfield targets in Western Germany)
  • Kingpin: Exercise involving a high level navigation stage, followed by a low level bombing stage using a Radar Bomb Score Unit (RBSU) or a practice bomb drop; route was over Norway and Denmark
  • Kinsman: Exercise involving the dispersal of one or more squadron aircraft to its wartime station (primarily to test the readiness of the wartime station), followed by a simulated war mission
  • Longhaul: Joint UK / US Fleet Carrier Exercise (with the RAF testing the fleet’s defences)
  • Malta Bombex: Exercise to test operations staff at AHQ Malta, RAF Luqa and RN air defences
  • Mandate: UK Air Defence Exercise
  • Mandioc: Radar counter measures exercise
  • Mantis: Radar Calibration
  • Marshmallow:
  • Matador: Fighter Command annual Defence exercise
  • May Flight IV: Bomber Command annual Alert and Readiness exercise
  • Mick: No-notice exercise designed to enable a squadron to practice the measures outlined in the Bomber Command Alert and Readiness Procedures. The exercise required the recall of all available aircrew, the generation of the maximum number of aircraft. Once the squadron was at a level of preparedness the exercise was terminated.
  • Mickey Finn: No-notice exercise designed to enable a squadron to practice the measures outlined in the Bomber Command Alert and Readiness Procedures. The exercise required the recall of all available aircrew, the generation of the maximum number of aircraft and the dispersal of the entire force to wartime stations. Aircraft were then scrambled from their bases for a simulated war mission
  • Midlink: CENTO naval and air exercise
  • Mineval: Squadron dispersal and war plan exercise
  • Momentum: UK air defence exercise
  • Moody:
  • Natinads: Air defence exercise
  • Northern Wedding: NATO Cold War naval military exercise, designed to test NATO’s ability to rearm and resupply Europe during times of war.
  • Ocean Safari: Annual NATO exercise
  • Orpen: Naval Co-operation exercise
  • Pedigree: Exercise designed to familiarise aircrews with operating from RAF Masirah in the Gulf theatre
  • Picture: Maritime Radar Reconnaissance
  • Polar Bear: Scandinavian Air Defence exercise
  • Port Wine:
  • Priory: Strike Command sponsored UK exercise to test UK defences over the north sea (ADEX)
  • Red Flag; Advanced aerial combat training exercise hosted at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, USA
  • Regex: AFSOUTH sponsored exercise to test the National and NATO air defence organisations in Italy
  • Sambar: Fighter mobility and air defence exercise (Mediterranean and Middle East theatre)
  • Scorer: 1 Group exercise carried out as part of the Bombing and Navigation Trophies, with high / low level sorties and fighter affiliation
  • Shahbaz: CENTO air defence exercise conducted in Turkey, Iran and Pakistan
  • Solar Flare: 1 Group exercise at RAF Luqa with high and low level sorties, simulated bombing, Maritime Radar Reconnaissance Training and Combat Survival Training
  • Spherical: No-notice exercise to check the feasibility of reinforcement of FEAF at short call.
  • Springtime: NATO Air Defence Exercise (Low Level over West Germany)
  • Spring Train: Joint Exercise with the Royal Navy
  • Sunbronze: Fighter affiliation exercises in conjunction with Fighter Command (Malta)
  • Sunbar: A fighter mobility and air defence exercise sponsored by HQ Fighter Command (Malta)
  • Sumbul / Sunbul: High/low profile exercise to test the air defence network (carried out in conjunction with Exercise Mick)
  • Sunray: Fighter affiliation exercises in conjunction with Fighter Command (Shallufa, Egypt)
  • Sundial: Malta based air defence exercise
  • Sunspot: Exercise to enable crews to gain experience in operating from a Mediterranean base in the Middle East theatre and in high-level visual bombing
  • TACEVAL (Tactical Evaluation): Exercise to test a station’s defensive and dispersal procedures during an attack
  • Teamwork: NATO sponsored exercise to test Norwegian defences
  • Tiger Cub: A MRS ? Fighter Affiliation Exercise
  • Topweight: Annual NATO air defence exercise
  • Umber: Low level training exercise in Iran
  • Unison: Low-level demonstration drop of 21 x 1000lb bombs
  • Verity: Multilateral naval training exercise involving warships from the British, French, and Dutch navies
  • Watcon: 11 Group sponsored mini-adex
  • Wearaway: Army radar cooperation exercise
  • Yeoman: UK air defence exercise

Abbreviations

  • AFSOUTH: NATO Air Forces Southern
  • AFCENT: Allied Forces Central Europe
  • CENTO: Central Treaty Organization
  • CINCENT: Commander in Chief, Allied Forces, Central Europe
  • COMAAFCE: Commander, Allied Air Forces Central Europe
  • COMTACDEN: Commander Tactical Air Command, Denmark
  • FEAF: Far East Air Force