Air forces of Japan, Australia to conduct 1st joint drill in July

08:58, June 23, 2011      

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The air forces of Japan and Australia are scheduled to carry out their first ever joint exercise in Alaska in July, local media reported late Wednesday.

The air forces of the two countries will conduct the exercise from July 7 to 9 using Japan's F-15 fighters and Australian F/A-18 Hornet fighters, Kyodo News reported, citing Japan's Air Self- Defense Force.

The move complies with a defense cooperation agreement between the two countries. According to the accord, which was signed in May last year, Japan's Self-Defense Forces and Australia's military would share food, fuel and other supplies during operations like disaster relief missions.

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