Between the 11th and 22nd April 2016, the annual exercise known as Frisian Flag took place at Leeuwarden Air Base, in the Netherlands. The exercise was first held in 1992 following joint allied air operations over the Balkans, but was not actually named Frisian Flag until 1999.
Frisian Flag is a NATO air exercise. The name ‘Frisian Flag’ was chosen as a reference to various similar exercises that all feature the word ‘Flag’ in their name, such as ‘Red Flag’ (U.S) and ‘Maple Flag’ (Canada). The name ‘Frisian Flag’ obviously containing a reference to the Province of Friesland, the home of Leeuwarden Air Base.
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