Largest military exercise in Europe gets under way

HMS Argyll heads home to Glasgow... Pictured is the Type 23 frigate HMS Argyll will returning to Glasgow on Friday, March 6, for the first time in five years. The Clyde-built warship will be alongside the city’s King George V Dock for a five day stay, and her crew have a packed programme of events planned during the visit. HMS Argyll was constructed at Scotstoun in the 1980s and is the longest-serving type 23 in the Royal Navy fleet. Most recently the ship used her advanced Artisan radar and Lynx helicopter to spot and monitor a Russian warship in the English Channel and has also completed successful Caribbean and North Atlantic missions where she helped seize £77M worth of drugs. The Glasgow visit comes ahead of her maintenance period which will see HMS Argyll’s systems and hull enhanced. Commander Paul Hammond, the Commanding Officer of HMS Argyll, said: “I am delighted to bring this most capable Clyde built warship into Glasgow. In the

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Arran residents will shortly see a big increase in military ships and aircraft in and around the coast of Arran as Europe’s largest military exercise, Joint Warrior, gets under way.

The biennual exercise, which starts tomorrow (Sunday) will run until Thursday October 12, will see the involvement of 14 nations who will be bringing ships, aircraft and troops to military ranges across the country and to maritime exercise areas off the west and north coasts of Scotland. Included in these will be 35 naval units from Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Spain, the UK and the US, supported by 11 rotary wing aircraft.

Joint Warrior exercise is designed, planned and delivered by the Joint Tactical Exercise Planning Staff based at Northwood in London who will deploy to HM Naval Base Clyde to coordinate events during the fortnight.

Activity will include HMS Gannet in Prestwick and RAF Lossiemouth hosting international aircraft from Canada, France, Norway, the UK and US. there will be mine counter measures activity in the Campbeltown area and the Cape Wrath Weapons Range in the north of Scotland will be used for joint fires activity.

Exercise Joint Warrior is linked directly with the NATO Military Training Exercise Programme and will mirror a broad range of crisis and conflict situations which could realistically be experienced in real-world operations.

Over the fortnight participants will be faced with a period of increasing political and military tensions, along with a huge range of realistic military tasks such as: intelligence gathering and reconnaissance; anti-smuggling and counter-terrorism operations; humanitarian assistance and evacuation operations.

Further information on Exercise Joint Warrior, including notices to mariners and impact statements, can be found by visiting Queen’s Harbour Master Clyde’s page on the Royal Navy website:

Vessels gather on the Clyde during a previous Joint Warrior exercise

Vessels gather on the Clyde during a previous Joint Warrior exercise. No_B39joint01

Type 23 Frigate HMS Argyll which will take part in the upcoming Exercise Joint Warrior. No_B39joint02