The Ocean Sky 2020 exercise will take place in the Canary archipelago between October 17 and 30, 2020.
The air defense of the Canary archipelago, like the rest Spanish territory, is the responsibility of NATO with the national means made available to it.
In order to exercise these means, the Combat Air Command (MACOM) will deploy its hunting units at the Gando air base (Gran Canaria) and auxiliary units at the Lanzarote Military Aerodrome. The fighter units, supported by the Command and Control System, an AWACS platform of the 36ème Escadre del Armée de l’Air, and other support units, will carry out exercise Ocean Sky 2020.
The purpose of the exercise is to train the capabilities of the Command and Control structure of the Combat Air Command in an air superiority campaign, which allows increasing the level of preparation for air-to-air combat of the Air Force hunting units and of invited foreign units. In this regard, this edition of Ocean Sky has the participation of the 9th Squadron of the Spanish Navy, the 30 (Rafale C) and 4 (Rafale B) combat squadrons as well as the 31st Refueling and Transport Squadron (Boeing KC- 135 Stratotanker) of the Armée de l’air.
The exercise will be carried out in four phases:
A first phase of ‘Generation and deployment of forces’ with the aim of carrying out all personnel and force preparation tasks, as well as the deployment of participating units.
A theoretical phase, which will include a series of ‘force integration conferences’ aimed at understanding the aircraft participating in the exercise, Flight Safety, Combat tactics, etc., in order to complement the flight training.
A practical phase with DACT and MFFO type missions, in a wide variety of scenarios and with a large number of aircraft, which allow increasing interoperability between different participating units, as well as evaluating and improving the tactics, techniques and procedures used in this type of operation.
A final phase of ‘withdrawal’.
Finally, it should be remembered that this type of exercise has been carried out annually in the Canarian archipelago since 2004, although under the name DACT.