The biggest military exercise in the UK, Joint Warrior, continues after a hugely successful opening first week, say the Royal Navy.
The exercise runs through a range of scenarios, including crisis and conflict situations, that could be realistically encountered in operations – disputed territory, terrorist activity, piracy and more.
According to a release:
“More than 8,000 military personnel from 13 nations, nearly 40 ships and submarines – including two NATO task groups – and 60 aircraft, including the debut by the Navy’s new F-35 Lightning stealth fighter, and helicopters are taking part in Joint Warrior 19-1.
The huge force spent the first week getting to know each other and learning to operate as a team – despite gale force winds and heavy seas battering the huge exercise area stretching from the Clyde estuary to Cape Wrath.”
HMS Albion heads a task group including HMS Defender, hms kENT, RFA Lyme Bay, Tiderace and hundreds of Royal Marines of 3 Commando Brigade.
“A task group like this keeps the enemy guessing,” said Brigadier Matt Jackson, 3 Commando Brigade’s Commanding Officer.
“You’re never quite sure where we’re going to land. That creates uncertainty in your opponent’s mind – and we have a big punch as well if we decide to use it.”