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Amalgam Brave

AMALGAM (FABRIC, FALCON, FENCING) BRAVE (AFB) exercises are CINCNORAD-sponsored, region-directed Field Training Exercises (FTXs) that take place in the Canadian, CONUS and Alaskan NORAD regions, respectively. One of the primary purposes of these exercises is to fulfill a CINCNORAD requirement to periodically deploy fighter assets and conduct air operations from the Region's Deployed Operating Bases (DOB), flexible alert sites and Forward Operating Locations (FOL). The specific NORAD region determines the conduct of each exercise with inputs, guidance and assistance provided by HQ NORAD. There are six AFB exercises scheduled each year.

Between the 10th and 18th of May, Alaskan Air Command (AAC) hosted Amalgam Brave 87, the largest NORAD exercise ever held in Alaska.

March 3-5, 1998 off the West Coast of British Columbia and the United States "Exercise Amalgam Fabric Brave 98-1" was conducted. This exercise, which involved military units from both Canada and the United States Air Force, incorporated North American Air Defence (NORAD) resources in evaluating air sovereignty plans for the defense of these countries against potential hostile actions. This exercise required Canadian military ersonnel from numerous units, including 414 (Combat Support) Squadron from Comox, 434 (Combat Support) Squadron from Greenwood, 416 Tactical Flying Squadron and 42 Radar Squadron from 4 Wing Cold Lake to deploy and defend against these attacks. 42 Radar Squadron was deployed to the Canadian Coast Guard (CCG) site at Ucluelet, B.C. to provide offshore radar coverage during the exercise. The TPS-70 3D phased array radar operated by the unit is capable of detecting up to 500 aircraft to an altitude of 100,000 feet and a range of 240 nautical miles. The 36 men and women who operate and maintain the Squadron radar and ancillary equipment resided in the Ucluelet area during the exercise. The Squadron was host to local representatives, schools and interested personnel through pre-arranged tours of the Squadron equipment during the Exercise.



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