Minister of Defence Niinistö made a working visit to North America
Minister of Defence Jussi Niinistö was on a working visit to North America from 15 to 18 of October 2018.
In Alaska minister Niinistö familiarised himself with the on-going Red Flag exercise held by the United States Air Force. Finland will deploy six F/A-18 Hornet multirole fighters to the exercise. The Finnish detachment consisting of around 70 personnel operated at Eielson Air Force Base.
The Red Flag exercise held in Alaska and Nevada is considered one of the most challenging air combat training exercises in the world. The decision to participate in international training and exercises is based on the policy set by the President of the Republic and the Ministerial Committee on Foreign and Security Policy in December 2017. Finland’s participation in the Flag exercise is included in the Defence Forces Exercise Plan 2018.