EP-3E Aries III, BuNo 156517 is one of 12 operated by Fleet Air Reconnaissance Squadron 1 (VQ-1) 'World Watchers' seen at Elmendorf Air Force Base, Alaska during Exercise Northern Edge 2017.
An EP-3E Aries II multi-intelligence reconnaissance aircraft flew daily missions in support of the overland and maritime components of the exercise. The aircraft is equipped to exploit a wide range of electronic emissions which is fused by the crew with data received from other assets and disseminated as collaborated information for a variety of roles including battle space situational awareness and suppression of enemy air defences.
P-3C AIP BuNo 158215 is assigned to Fleet Air Reconnaissance Squadron 1 (VQ-1) ‘World Watchers’. The aircraft is shown at the start of its take-off ri in at its home station Naval Air Station Whidbey Island.