RAAF joins US, Japan for defence exercise

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More than 160 Australian defence personnel have returned from a fortnight-long exercise alongside US and Japanese counterparts in the Pacific.

And now they will spend the same amount of time in COVID-19 quarantine.

More than 2000 military personnel and almost a hundred aircraft were involved in Exercise Cope North, which was hosted by the US Andersen Air Force Base in Guam and ended on Friday.

"This exercise is an important opportunity for our three nations, individually and collectively, to develop our capability to deliver air and space power as part of a combined and interoperable force," Australian Task Group Captain Nathan Christie said.

"Equally, as the world continues to grapple with the effects of COVID-19 and a range of natural disasters, exercises such as Cope North enhance our collective humanitarian assistance and disaster relief preparedness."

It's the 11th year that Australia has participated in the operation.

All personnel were tested for COVID before leaving Guam, bound for Australia. All will be subject to quarantine requirements of the states and territories to which they returned.