10,000 personnel, 35 warships, 5 submarines and 59 aircraft from 13 countries have started arriving in the UK.

The forces will take part in Exercise Joint Warrior until the 11th of April.

According to the Ministry of Defence, after an initial briefing weekend at HMNB Clyde, the exercise splits its participants into two opposing Task Forces starting in the Scottish Exercise Areas (water and airspace generally to the West of Scotland, particularly The Minches).

As the exercise progresses elements of the Task Forces will progress south to conduct an amphibious exercise off the South West Coast of Wales.

Joint Warrior will take place across the UK:

  • 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 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 will be amphibious landings by Royal Marines at the MOD’s Castlemartin range in Wales and possibly also in Dumfries and Galloway.

There following nations are taking part in Exercise Joint Warrior: Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, the UK and the US.

The Ministry of Defence say that the aim of the bi-annual Joint Warrior exercise is to allow the Royal Navy, British 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’.

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      • Was there with a bunch of Saffers in 2009 planning to paddle across the Irish sea to County Antrim. The weather beat us though. Visited the site where the RAF Chinook crashed on the Mull. Bit breezy isn’t the word for it-winds that go right through you-even on Midsummers day!

        Cheers Daniele

  1. Spain should not be allowed as they mock the RN in British Gibraltar territorial waters, and completely ignor our authority, allowing Spain makes a mockery of the RN and British Gibraltar

    • Gibraltar is due for co-sovereignty due to Brexit negotiations. Otherwise the EU under Spanish pressure will say their outside the negotiations for a common trade deal. That will economically destroy Gibraltar. So we will have to grit our teeth and bear it. Brexit really is the gift that keeps giving.

      So no, the Spanish are welcome or we get the boot from NATO as well. Bad to worse situation.

      • Oh Dear, Oh Deary me mate. You Are So wrong it’s Embarrassing. For a Start, The UK ain’t getting Kicked out of NATO. ( Seriously ???? ) If you actually believe that then you are simply Deluded. As for the rest of your Post? well, I can’t even describe how much of an Idiot You really appear to be and I should know, Most here Probably think I’m the Biggest.!!!!

        • Capt, that must be why 99% of Gibraltarians votes to remain in the EU.

          The Rock’s future will be agreed separately through bilateral talks between the UK and Spain. The price of a EU deal will be Co-sovereignty.

          Patriotism is all very well but realism must rule.

          Btw, if we exclude a NATO member from participation in exercises, it will be the first step in leaving NATO. Which is why we invited them.

          • We get the boot from NATO? Your exact words…

            We, with the single best NATO air lift and logistics capability outside of the US.

            We, with the single best NATO naval auxiliary and support chain outside of the US.

            We, with the single best NATO nuclear deterrent outside of the US.

            We, with the single best NATO submarine force outside of the US?

            We, with the single best NATO mine hunting capability outside of the US.

            We, with THE BEST intelligence services and special forces full stop.

            The list does continue and is quite significant. But I’m bored already…. So get a grip.

  2. Its all training in the lead up to the highly organised WW3 which the major players are planning. Nth. Korea is the fuse with China, Russia and Iran waiting in the wings to take on the west. Australia is Chinas prime target because we have everything they want, land, resources, water, fisheries and girls. They have been planning this for over 100 years, that’s why they only wanted boys so they ended up with a massive army. When they are mostly killed off, they will use our girls to repopulate a vastly diminished population. They have been buying scrap steel and iron ore by the millions of tons, and then they came back for huge amounts of Uranium. They are spending billions on military infrastructure. This is all organised to reduce the worlds populations especially the aged and several trouble spots.

      • I got confused when he said that they got rid of all the Females to have more Males in the Army, or words to that effect.

        Last time I looked, My Never Regions were pretty crap at Giving Birth to Boys or Girls. Am I Missing Something ????????

        Sometimes, This place makes me feel Happy when I post Crap and read It back in the Morning and then look at other posts.

        • LOL.

          I thought, maybe wrongly as it’s a bit bizarre, that he was referring to the reported Chinese practice of leaving female babies to die.

      • Some of this bears a thought or two. China is very active in Africa building infrastructure, a base on the Red sea and mining. Almost like the bad old colonial days but with paper gloves. Plus they do think ahead unlike ourselves and they have put about the story that China got to Africa before the Europeans but left. Hmm.

      • They let the USN SSN’s visit so I see no reason why they shouldn’t visit in the future. The Indina Ocean is the only standing SSN task at the moment I understand.

        The Australians aren’t keen on nuclear weapons ‘visiting’ them.

        • Might for sure.

          It is true I presume that some ships of the Task Force had to unload before heading into the South Atlantic.

        • Ah right, but no doubt our nukes protect OZ also. And we British let off some of our first Nukes in Australia, I’m surprised we got away with it back then.

  3. Being a shooter myself I would very much like to get my hands on the optics on top of the rifle in the picture at the top of the article. I would probably have to sell the bike to fund it though.

  4. What would be a good naval exercise is for NATO to try to get a US armoured division convoy through the Atlantic whilst an unknown quantity of submarines and aircraft is attacking. The condition is that the defending forces would be what would be expected as the NATO navies would have other commitments, so I would expect something like two Anti Air destroyers and four Anti Sub frigates possibly with an assault ship acting as an anti sub helicopter platform and one or two submarines as an escort.
    As for the scope on the picture, god would I like that in my collection.
    As for the comment of D Revell, I’m not sure what to say, but as far as Western War mongering I cannot think of a single Western nation that wants war,to be prepared for war yes to want one no.

    • I’d suggest you add UK carrier air power and land based UK, Norwegian, US and possibly Canadian P-8’s to your consideration. Some ask why the UK needs carriers, IMO this is one compelling reason, i.e. to provide greater assurance of reinforcement capability to Europe from North America.

      The carrier aircraft would hold adversary air attack and air surveillance against the convoy at bay. The P-8s patrol for subs and ships as first line of defence for the convoy. The carrier air might also provide screening/protection for the P-8s against long range air or surface ship SAM attack, when the P-8 is too far from land for adequate air support.

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