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Cope North 09-1

Japanese Air Self Defense Force Airman 1st Class Shunsaku Suzuki, inpects the prop of an E2-C aircraft Feb. 5 at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam during Cope North 09-1 after a local area mission. The Cope North exercise is one of the longest-running series of exercises in the Pacific theater. Since the first Cope North exercise in 1978, thousands of American and Japanese personnel have honed skills that are vital to maintaining a high level of readiness. The exercise has been in the planning stages for several months and bears no connection to any real-world events. This will be the tenth time the United States and Japan have held a Cope North exercise on Guam, and it will be the fourth time that the JASDF will use live ordnance. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Master Sgt. Kevin J. Gruenwald) released

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