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    Default Arctic Tiger 2007 - NATO Tiger Meet



    The NATO Tiger Association will be checking out the Polar-light from september 24th till october the 1st during the annual NATO Tiger Meet exercise nicknamed 'Arctic Tiger'. The Tigers from 338 Skv will host this event from their homebase at Ørland
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    http://www.mil.no/fol/at07/start/;js...estid=13355289



    Participants to Arctic Tiger

    TIGER Squadrons/ Nation / Aircaft

    338 Squadron / Norway / F-16 AM
    11 Staffel / Swiss / F-18C/D
    814 NAS / UK / Merlin
    230 Squadron / UK / PUMA
    321 Squadron / Germany / TORN ECR
    512 Squadron / Germany / TORN
    335 Squadron / Greece / A-7E
    31 Squadron / Belgium / F-16
    EC 01.012 / France / M2000C
    EC 05.330 / France / Rafale
    Flotille 11 F / France / Super Etendard
    301 Esquadra / Portugal / F-16
    231Squadron / Czech Republic / MI-24 HIND
    151 Squadron / Spain / F-18 A
    142 Squadron / Spain / Mirage F1 CT
    N° 1 Squadron / NATO / E-3A
    192 Squadron / Turkey / F-16C/D

    OTHER participants / Nation / Aircraft
    300 Squadron / Norway / Sea King
    335 Squadron / Norway / C-130
    7200 Squadron / Norway / Bell 412
    NEWC/717 sqn / Norway / DA20
    Aero with SAS Squadron / Norway / B 737
    100 ARW / US / KC-135































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    C-130



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    Wow, cool pix, I love Tigers

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    Fantastic photos!!!

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    Excellent Photos, thanks for sharing.

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    wow wonderful pics thx steve !!


    I really like the Swiss choice for F-18 hornet, I was in Switzerland during summer and I saw some of those during takeoff from Payern airfield they are awesome !

    Please tell me who still use the a-7 seems to be greece but I'm not sure, anyone?

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    A few more

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    With all the tiger mascots and fanfare, the question that begs asking is what, exactly, is the benefit to NATO? Do the squadrons participating conduct a lot of exercises, and if so, are they really constructive?

    I'm completely ignorant of these NATO meet-ups so I'll freely admit that the all the *****es, painted planes and droptanks with tiger *****es tend to mislead me. I kinda assumed it was basically a Red Flag exercise in purpose?

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    Well I guess NATO is trying to market itself somehow. Make the public say NATO is Ok, we still need it. With the Soviets gone, budget problems and so on... But that doesn't mean they can't exercise after all the public display is over.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tolstoy View Post
    With all the tiger mascots and fanfare, the question that begs asking is what, exactly, is the benefit to NATO? Do the squadrons participating conduct a lot of exercises, and if so, are they really constructive?

    I'm completely ignorant of these NATO meet-ups so I'll freely admit that the all the *****es, painted planes and droptanks with tiger *****es tend to mislead me. I kinda assumed it was basically a Red Flag exercise in purpose?
    http://www.natotigers.org/ntapage/nta_03.html

    And apart from the exercises.
    How about improve team spirit ?
    isnt that important to you ?


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    Quote Originally Posted by ase290406 View Post
    Well I guess NATO is trying to market itself somehow. Make the public say NATO is Ok, we still need it. With the Soviets gone, budget problems and so on... But that doesn't mean they can't exercise after all the public display is over.
    Indeed. That is still a big and important job NATO faces. NATO still has an important role, but at the same time has more (often ill-informed) critics than ever. Tiger Meets, imo, have a useful role in building solidarity between air forces. Not as obvious as exercises, but still a useful way of sharing ideas.

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    The staff on the NATO AWACS, a member from each country? Where would it be based?

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    I see. So it's more a team-building objective than any major strategic 'brushing up' of skills and whatnot.

    I don't discount the importance of comraderie within international units working as one, it's rather the thought of NATO painting tiger *****es on absolutely everything is just a bit unnerving I suppose. Nonetheless, I can see the benefit in such an exercise. Tony the Frosties tiger just kinda put me off

    The multi-crewed AWACS is a good example of this very purpose though I suppose, so if it all has a constructive purpose and NATO isn't simply whoring itself out to the public, that's good!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Whitcomb View Post
    The staff on the NATO AWACS, a member from each country? Where would it be based?
    More info on NATO AWACS force, it's based in Germany:
    http://www.e3a.nato.int/

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    WOW!!! Absolutely fantastic pictures! You can really see the excitement these crews have for these exercises. Awesome!!

    As for the doubters, well, it seems that you simply dont understand the importance of team work, solidarity and integrating common procedures amongst friendly air forces. The fact that they paint tiger *****es on the equipment doesnt make it a watered down exercise. It is simply designed as morale building and excitement generator. Besides, any exercise that can bring countries together like Greece and Turkey cant be all that bad.

    Oh, and to think that there is no longer a need for NATO is rather comical and ignorant.

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