USAF, RAAF and JASDF launch Operation Christmas Drop 2015

Japanese Air Self-Defense Force Tech. Sgt. Satoshi Marimoto, left, and U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Christopher Nichols, both C-130 loadmasters, review load documents before Operation Christmas Drop flight SANTA12 Dec. 8, 2015, at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam. The 2015 Christmas Drop missions mark the first time the event includes trilateral air support from the JASDF and Royal Australian Air Force. Operation Christmas Drop is a Humanitarian Aid/Disaster Relief training event where C-130 aircrews perform low-cost, low-altitude airdrops on unsurveyed drop zones while providing critical supplies to 56 islands throughout the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas, Federated States of Micronesia and Republic of Palau. It highlights the U.S. and allied airpower capabilities to orient and respond to activities in peacetime and crisis. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Alexander W. Riedel)

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