TUCSON, Ariz. — Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson is hosting an exercise that officials say will provide realistic training for combat search and rescue missions.

A statement released by the southern Arizona base said aircraft from Davis-Monthan along with F-16C fighters and three types of helicopters based elsewhere will participate in the Red-Flag Rescue, which began Thursday and will conclude May 18.

Rescue personnel load onto a HC-130J Combat King II during a mission as part of Red Flag-Rescue 18-2 in May 2018. (Staff Sgt. Trevor McBride/Air Force)
Rescue personnel load onto a HC-130J Combat King II during a mission as part of Red Flag-Rescue 18-2 in May 2018. (Staff Sgt. Trevor McBride/Air Force)

According to base officials, units from the U.S. Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps and from 12 other nations will participate in the exercise.

Units based at Davis-Monthan include the 563rd Rescue Group, which flies HC-130 transports and HH-60 helicopters.

NAS Base Fire Chief Mark Brusoe, speaks about a plane crash at a news briefing near front gate of Naval Air Station (NAS) in Jacksonville, Fla., early Saturday, May 4, 2019. A charter plane with multiple passengers traveling from Cuba to north Florida ended up in a river at the end of a runway Friday night, though no critical injuries or deaths were reported, officials said. (AP Photo/Gary McCullough)
NAS Base Fire Chief Mark Brusoe, speaks about a plane crash at a news briefing near front gate of Naval Air Station (NAS) in Jacksonville, Fla., early Saturday, May 4, 2019. A charter plane with multiple passengers traveling from Cuba to north Florida ended up in a river at the end of a runway Friday night, though no critical injuries or deaths were reported, officials said. (AP Photo/Gary McCullough)
An HC-130P/N King pilot, assigned to the 39th Rescue Squadron, controls the aircraft during low-level training as part of Red Flag-Rescue 18-2 near Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., in May 2018. (Staff Sgt. Trevor McBride/Air Force)
An HC-130P/N King pilot, assigned to the 39th Rescue Squadron, controls the aircraft during low-level training as part of Red Flag-Rescue 18-2 near Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., in May 2018. (Staff Sgt. Trevor McBride/Air Force)