Invincible Shield: US, UK, ROK air forces conduct strategic exercise

United Kingdom Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen Hillier, Royal Air Force chief of air staff, Lt. Gen. Won, In-Choul, Republic of Korea Air Force Operations Command commander, and Lt. Gen Thomas W. Bergeson, 7th Air Force commander, participate in a media event for Invincible Shield, an interoperability exchange, at Osan Air Base, ROK, Nov. 8, 2016. The RAF, U.S. and ROK air forces participated in Invincible Shield, which marked the first time the RAF has fielded aircraft on the Korean Peninsula since the Korean War. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Dillian Bamman)

United Kingdom Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen Hillier, Royal Air Force chief of air staff, Lt. Gen. Won, In-Choul, Republic of Korea Air Force Operations Command commander, and Lt. Gen Thomas W. Bergeson, 7th Air Force commander, participate in a media event for Invincible Shield, an interoperability exchange, at Osan Air Base, ROK, Nov. 8, 2016. The RAF, U.S. and ROK air forces participated in Invincible Shield, which marked the first time the RAF has fielded aircraft on the Korean Peninsula since the Korean War. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Dillian Bamman)

A Royal Air Force Eurofighter Typhoon FRG4, U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon, and a Republic of Korea air force F-16 and F-15K Slam Eagle fly in formation during Invincible Shield on Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Nov. 7, 2016. The intent of Invincible Shield is to bolster the interoperability between the RoK, the U.S. and United Kingdom while improving combat capability in the Pacific region. (DoD photo by Chief Master Sgt. Kim, Kyeong Ryul, Republic of Korea air force)

A Royal Air Force Eurofighter Typhoon FRG4, U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon, and a Republic of Korea air force F-16 and F-15K Slam Eagle fly in formation during Invincible Shield on Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Nov. 7, 2016. The intent of Invincible Shield is to bolster the interoperability between the RoK, the U.S. and United Kingdom while improving combat capability in the Pacific region. (DoD photo by Chief Master Sgt. Kim, Kyeong Ryul, Republic of Korea air force)

United Kingdom Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen Hillier, Royal Air Force chief of air staff, Lt. Gen. Won, In-Choul, Republic of Korea Air Force Operations Command commander, and Lt. Gen Thomas W. Bergeson, 7th Air Force commander, gather for a group photo during a media event for  Invincible Shield, an interoperability exchange, at Osan Air Base, ROK, Nov. 8, 2016. The RAF, U.S. and ROK air forces participated in Invincible Shield, which marked the first time the RAF has fielded aircraft on the Korean Peninsula since the Korean War. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Dillian Bamman)

United Kingdom Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen Hillier, Royal Air Force chief of air staff, Lt. Gen. Won, In-Choul, Republic of Korea Air Force Operations Command commander, and Lt. Gen Thomas W. Bergeson, 7th Air Force commander, gather for a group photo during a media event for Invincible Shield, an interoperability exchange, at Osan Air Base, ROK, Nov. 8, 2016. The RAF, U.S. and ROK air forces participated in Invincible Shield, which marked the first time the RAF has fielded aircraft on the Korean Peninsula since the Korean War. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Dillian Bamman)

Two Royal Air Force Eurofighter Typhoon FGR4s taxi off of the runway after landing at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Nov. 5, 2016. The arrival of the Typhoons marks the first time the RAF has fielded aircraft on the Korean Peninsula since 1956. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Victor J. Caputo)

Two Royal Air Force Eurofighter Typhoon FGR4s taxi off of the runway after landing at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Nov. 5, 2016. The arrival of the Typhoons marks the first time the RAF has fielded aircraft on the Korean Peninsula since 1956. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Victor J. Caputo)

A Royal Air Force Eurofighter Typhoon FRG4 takes off at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Nov. 7, 2016. The RAF deployed the largest number of assets on the Korean Peninsula since the Korean War during Invincible Shield, an interoperability exchange, from Nov. 1 – 10. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Victor J. Caputo)

A Royal Air Force Eurofighter Typhoon FRG4 takes off at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Nov. 7, 2016. The RAF deployed the largest number of assets on the Korean Peninsula since the Korean War during Invincible Shield, an interoperability exchange, from Nov. 1 – 10. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Victor J. Caputo)

United Kingdom Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen Hillier, Royal Air Force chief of air staff, speaks during a media event for Invincible Shield, an interoperability exchange, at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Nov. 8, 2016. The RAF, U.S. and ROK air forces participated in Invincible Shield, which marked the first time the RAF has fielded aircraft on the Korean Peninsula since the Korean War. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Dillian Bamman)

United Kingdom Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen Hillier, Royal Air Force chief of air staff, speaks during a media event for Invincible Shield, an interoperability exchange, at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Nov. 8, 2016. The RAF, U.S. and ROK air forces participated in Invincible Shield, which marked the first time the RAF has fielded aircraft on the Korean Peninsula since the Korean War. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Dillian Bamman)

A United Kingdom Royal Air Force Typhoon FGR4 lands during Invincible Shield on Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Nov. 8, 2016. The intent of Invincible Shield is to bolster the strong partnership between the RoK, the United States and the United Kingdom while improving the combat capability in the Pacific region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jonathan Steffen)

A United Kingdom Royal Air Force Typhoon FGR4 lands during Invincible Shield on Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Nov. 8, 2016. The intent of Invincible Shield is to bolster the strong partnership between the RoK, the United States and the United Kingdom while improving the combat capability in the Pacific region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jonathan Steffen)

A Republic of Korea air force F-15K Slam Eagle lands during Invincible Shield on Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Nov. 8, 2016. Invincible Shield is an exchange designed to improve the interoperability between the Republic of Korea, United States and the United Kingdom.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jonathan Steffen)

A Republic of Korea air force F-15K Slam Eagle lands during Invincible Shield on Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Nov. 8, 2016. Invincible Shield is an exchange designed to improve the interoperability between the Republic of Korea, United States and the United Kingdom. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jonathan Steffen)

A U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon, a Republic of Korea air force F-16 and F-15K Slam Eagle, and a United Kingdom Royal Air Force Typhoon FGR4 fly in formation during Invincible Shield on Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Nov. 8, 2016. The intent of Invincible Shield is to bolster the interoperability between the RoK, the U.S. and United Kingdom while improving combat capability in the Pacific region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jonathan Steffen)

A U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon, a Republic of Korea air force F-16 and F-15K Slam Eagle, and a United Kingdom Royal Air Force Typhoon FGR4 fly in formation during Invincible Shield on Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Nov. 8, 2016. The intent of Invincible Shield is to bolster the interoperability between the RoK, the U.S. and United Kingdom while improving combat capability in the Pacific region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jonathan Steffen)

OSAN AIR BASE, Republic of Korea --

The United Kingdom Royal Air Force operated its largest deployment of equipment and personnel to the Korean Peninsula since the 1950s during Invincible Shield, a combined interoperability exchange.

The RAF sent multiple Eurofighter Typhoon FRG4s to Osan Air Base, which were flown alongside U.S. F-16 Fighting Falcons and A-10 Thunderbolt IIs, and ROK air force F-15K Slam Eagles in multiple sorties throughout the exchange, which marked the largest RAF gathering in Korea since the end of the Korean War.

“I expect Invincible Shield, our first ROK – U.S. – United Kingdom combined-air exercise, to not only enhance the combined air operations capability to protect peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula, but also greatly contribute to the improvement of military operation with the Royal Air Force,” said Lt. Gen. Won, In-Choul, ROK Air Force Operations Command commander.

The exchange provided an opportunity for the three nations to share information and skills acquired throughout decades of historic combined aerial experience in different theaters across the globe.

“Working shoulder-to-shoulder, we are showing a unified front to those who would wish to do us harm,” said Lt. Gen. Thomas W. Bergeson, 7th Air Force commander.

The RAF personnel were appreciative of the opportunity to not only train alongside the U.S. and ROK air forces, but also continue to strengthen their decades-old relationship with the ROK.

“I know from speaking with those that have been participating in the exercise the success it has been so far, enhancing the interoperability between our air forces and strengthening our mutual interest in security and defense,” said Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen Hillier, RAF chief of air staff. “The RAF participants have also told me what a privilege they have felt it to be to exercise so closely with our Korean partners and friends, alongside U.S. forces, on Invincible Shield.”

The deployment of RAF assets and continuation of training missions alongside ROK and U.S. crews will continue through Nov. 10.