Sailors from Standing NATO Maritime Group One (SNMG1) and Standing NATO Mine Countermeasures Group One (SNMCMG1) completed the first half of exercise Joint Warrior 19-1.
Joint Warrior is a two-week, multinational training exercise led by Joint Tactical Exercise Planning Staff from the United Kingdom and is intended to provide forces with a variety of Joint training scenarios that explore real world challenges.
“As a Standing Maritime Group responder, participating in exercises like Joint Warrior is crucial to our mission,” said Lt. Douglas Swartz, a SNMG1 Battle Watch Captain.
“We are the first to be activated in a real-world scenario so sharpening our skills with our allies is imperative. Participating in this exercise shows the multi-national commitment to NATO is still important, relevant, and stronger than ever.”
With SNMG1 and SNMCMG1 reaching the halfway mark, they have completed multiple complex warfare events including training designed to test air warfare, surface, and mine clearance skills.
“We participated in an evolution that had us working in tandem with SNMCMG1 protecting them from low slow flying aircraft while they were looking for mines in the area,” said Swartz.
“Also, we had many Fast Inshore Attack Craft simulate attacking the ship while we defended ourselves against them.”

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Rob Collinson

What is the UK contribution to this? Obviously, there is UK involvement in C & C of the exercise but what have we committed physically in the exercise and what have other nations contributed also?


Defender and Ambush, Cattistock, Tiderace, a couple of others I forget, possibly a Vanguard, usual MCM, you might get more from this twitter I haven’t had time to look at recently:

and Neil Cameron’s twitter, usually good for photos and ID.

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Mmm, is THAT what it was, USS Porter (Arleigh Burke) I saw heading down the Clyde on Mother’s Day. Never thought to check out amongst US warships for some odd reason.

edit: 3 of them, having gone through jointwarrior a bit. Interesting, I can guess what they’re there for …


Can add to it, though don’t quote me:

Albion Class:
HMS Albion

Type 23:
HMS Westminster
HMS Kent

Type 45:
HMS Defender

Astute Class:
HMS Ambush

Hunt Class:
HMS Hurworth
HMS Middleton
HMS Cattistock

Sandown Class:
HMS Bangor
HMS Grimsby

Bay Class:
RFA Lyme Bay

Tide Class:
RFA Tiderace

Wildcats and Merlin also assigned, as well as Hawks. I’m pretty certain I saw a tweet which noted that the F35’s had made an appearance too.


I’d say you’re right, if I remember rightly the autumn JW is cancelled because of a big exercise I forget where, off Spain maybe 🙂

Yes, I think this one is bigger than normal.

andy reeves