British Frigate HMS Kent and Destroyer HMS Defender have conducted a combined shore bombardment off the Scottish coast as part of Exercise Joint Warrior.
— HMS Kent (@hms_kent) October 9, 2020
The training in Scotland is part of Joint Warrior exercise. Joint Warrior incorporates surface, subsurface, airborne, and land assets providing joint training in a multi-threat environment for NATO units. Exercise Joint Warrior is the largest military exercise in Europe, bringing together the Royal Navy, the Royal Air Force and the British Army, as well as forces from other nations.
“Joint Warrior is our premier venue for recertifying our ships for fleet operations, and the synergy with the Royal Navy could not be better,” said U.S. Navy Capt. Joseph Gagliano, Commander, Task Force (CTF) 65. “We count on them to keep our ships ready, and they can always count on our commitment to security in this theatre.”
British forces join 6,000 personnel from Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal and the US for this iteration, which is scheduled to include 28 ships, two submarines and 81 aircraft.
What’s the purpose of the exercise?
The Ministry of Defence say that the aim is to provide a complex environment in which the participants can train together, honing tactics and skills in preparation for deployment as a Combined Joint Task Force.
“The scenario for each Joint Warrior is designed to reflect contemporary political tensions – such as the War on Terror and the threat posed by ISIS – and to simulate the hostilities that might result from them. The ultimate aim? To assure maximum preparedness in the face of any threat.”
This massive multinational war exercise involves warships, aircraft, marines and troops from UK, NATO and allied forces. The exercise doesn’t only allow participating units to hone their specialist roles within a larger war-style setting – it also helps foster vital links between the UK, NATO and other allied militaries.