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KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany — Thirteen nations will participate in a NATO air exercise June 14-25 in the alliance’s northern region, a NATO press release issued Tuesday said.

NATO exercise Clean Hunter 2004 is an annual exercise that focuses on coordinated allied air operations over Western Europe. NATO aircraft will fly from mid-France to Denmark and from the United Kingdom to mid-Poland, the release said.

Headquarters, Allied Air Forces North will coordinate the exercise, along with its Combined Air Operations Centers. Air forces from Belgium, Canada, the Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Turkey, the United Kingdom and the United States will take part.

The exercise runs concurrently with other land and sea exercises, the release said.

The exercise is designed to train aircrews to operate with other nations’ crews and to allow the headquarters element and its combined air operations centers to plan and conduct air operations.

To minimize aircraft noise, flights will take place only during the weekdays during daylight hours. Some waivers have been granted for low-level flying during daytime hours.

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