MILITARY SWISS AT FRISIAN FLAG
This year’s Frisian Flag saw Swiss F/A-18C Hornets making their debut. Kees van der Mark and Jan Jelle Dam spoke to the detachment commander to learn more about the Swiss participation
Swiss Hornets flew from Leeuwarden Air Base previously on several occasions, for instance during air shows or in support of the EMBOW exercises in Germany, in 2015 and 2017. A couple of Hornets even participated in Frisian Flag’s predecessor DIATIT as early as 1998, a year after the type’s introduction into service with the Schweizer Luftwaffe (Swiss Air Force). But in the 20 years that Frisian Flag exists in its current form, this was the first time Swiss fighters joined the multinational live-flying exercise. As one of the nations involved in NATO’s Partnership for Peace (PfP) programme, Switzerland qualifies for participation in Frisian Flag, just like PfP nations Finland and Sweden took part in previous editions.