Arran gets birds eye view of international exercise

Exercise Joint Warrior ships arrive in HMNB CLYDE, Pictures is Three Arleigh Burke class Destroyers from the United States Navy and HMS ALIBION.

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Residents on Arran have been getting a birds eye view of the latest major international military exercise which has been taking place in the Firth of Clyde.

More than 10,000 military personnel, 35 warships, five submarines and 59 aircraft and helicopters from 13 countries are taking part in Exercise Joint Warrior which is taking place until Monday April 11.

On Sunday a large scale exercise involving warships, smaller vessels, fast inflatables, support ships and a submarine was played out in Brodick Bay.

The aim of Joint Warrior is to allow the UK’s Royal Navy, Army, Royal Air Force and their allies to conduct joint operations involving different forces and units and against a range of current and future threats.

Defence secretary Gavin Williamson MP said: ‘The UK military is a partner of choice for its major international allies and a resolute force for peace around the world. The UK will not waver in continuing to work with its allies to protect our mutual interests.

‘Led by the UK, Joint Warrior allows key NATO allies to tackle complex warfare scenarios to ensure that the international community stands fit and ready to work to face any threat together.’

Although run by the UK, Joint Warrior is closely aligned to NATO training aims and is included in the NATO exercise programme.

The exercise is being controlled and directed from the Maritime Operations Centre at Scotland’s largest military establishment, HM Naval Base Clyde, with a range of air, surface, sub-surface, sea control and maritime security roles being rehearsed off the West Coast of Scotland. Other exercises are being held across the country.

Taking part in the exereices are armed forces from Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, the UK and the US.

Together these allies and partner nations have deployed 10,300 armed forces personnel – at sea 6,500 personnel, land 3,000 personnel and air 800 personnel.


HMS Albion arrives at Faslane to take part in the Joint Warrior exercise. NO_B14warrior01