Today QAF 101 Sqn passed NATO Evaluation 1 (NEL1), bringing the squadron closer to an interoperable NATO unit. The four-day evaluation took place at Al Udeid airbase near Doha, Qatar with Qatari evaluators.
They were joined by NATO members and partners from Azerbaijan, Columbia, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Tunisia UK and USA who assisted the evaluation. During the exercise, the squadron had to deliver humanitarian aid to an austere location using their C-130 transport aircraft. Additionally, they were dealt with numerous evaluated evolutions including a cracked aircraft windscreen, hangar fire and mortar attack.
Staff Brigadier General (Pilot) Khalifa Al Ammari Airlift group Commander - “Qatar value the important strategic partnership with NATO. This evaluation brings 101 Sqn closer to interoperability with NATO enhancing prosperity, stability and security to the whole region.”