In October 1952, Exercise ‘Ardent’ put the UK’s offensive and defensive capabilities to the test. Some of its results made for sobering reading
It was described as the largest air exercise mounted in Britain since the end of the Second World War. Held from 3-13 October 1952, and involving somewhere in the region of 1,300 aircraft, Exercise ‘Ardent’ lived up to that description. Those assets were drawn not only from all RAF commands and the Fleet Air Arm, but from NATO allies too.