Combat aircraft from Japan, Australia and the United States started the drill codenamed Cope North on Feb. 7 in response to the increasingly volatile situation in the Asia-Pacific region.
The objective of the exercise was for the three air forces to operate as one if a war breaks out in the region that requires joint response.
“The training is not against a specific country, like China. However, I think the fact that our alliance with the U.S. and Australia is healthy is a strong message,” Japan’s Air Self-Defense Force Lieutenant General Masayuki Hironaka was quoted as saying.
Full article: U.S., Australia, Japan send signal to China with joint air drill in Guam (World Tribune)