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More than 3,700 military personnel, 52 aircraft, 15 warships and three submarines from 14 countries will over the next two weeks in a major military exercise known as Exercise Joint Warrior.
Starting tomorrow (Sunday) until Thursday October 17, the twice yearly international exercise will allow the UK’s armed forces and their allies to practice joint operations, integrating this to train them against different forces and units and against a range of current and future threats.
Residents on Arran and the areas surrounding the Firth of Clyde have already witnessed a number of UK and international vessels at sea as they make their way to HM Naval Base Clyde, Glasgow’s King George V dock and Greenock ahead of the exercise.
Although run by the UK, Joint Warrior is closely aligned to NATO training aims and is included in the NATO exercise programme. The Exercise will be 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.
Air units will coordinate with maritime and land forces, exercising Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR), air defence, air mobility and attack. Aircraft will operate from RAF Lossiemouth, Prestwick and Stornoway airports as well as from RAF Leeming, RAF Coningsby, RAF Cranwell, RAF Mildenhall, RAF Marham and RAF Brize Norton.
Land activity will focus on integrating with close air support at the Cape Wrath naval bombardment range and the RAF bombing range at Tain, supported by the RAF Spadeadam Electronic Warfare Training Range in Cumbria.
There are 12 NATO nations participating in Exercise Joint Warrior: Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Latvia, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Turkey, the UK and the US. The Non-NATO nations taking part are Japan and the United Arab Emirates.
Together these allies and partner nations will deploy 3,700 armed forces personnel, splitting into two opposing Task Forces, starting in the Scottish Exercise Areas – water and airspace generally to the west of Scotland, particularly The Minches.
Exercise Joint Warrior has been designed, planned and delivered by the Joint Tactical Exercise Planning Staff (JTEPS) based at Northwood in London who will deploy to HM Naval Base Clyde to coordinate events during the fortnight.
Both land, sea, air and undersea activities will take place during the following two weeks of Exercise Joint Warrior. No_B40joint01
Royal Navy ship HMS Albion will be taking part in Exercise Joint Warrior. No_B40joint02