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Exercise held to counter hostile aircraft

TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla., April 28 (UPI) -- The North American Aerospace Defense Command, NORAD, recently concluded an exercise designed to strengthen responses to hostile aircraft and terrorist attacks.

The two-week training exercise, part of a series of military defense training exercises known as Blue Flag, included military personnel from the Air Force, Army, Navy and Marine Corps.

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The Blue Flag training was held at the Continental NORAD Region-1st Air Force headquarters at Tyndall Air Force Base in Florida and was designed to improve the military's response capabilities to terrorist threats and hostile aircraft in U.S. airspace, the Air Force reported.

Officials said the exercise included a simulated scenario where hostile military aircraft were identified along the U.S. coasts and a second scenario that involved a potential terrorist attack on a high-level international summit.

"Our job is to make sure that aircraft entering the U.S. air-defense identification zone, which is 200 miles from shore, are appropriately identified and monitored," Dennis Moses, lead planner for Blue Flag, said in a statement.

"This exercise was our first significant opportunity in the last five or six years to practice these particular scenarios."

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