Canadian, Danish, Dutch, Polish, German, Norwegian and French warships faced off against HMS Queen Elizabeth and her Carrier Strike group as part of an exercise.
Standing NATO Maritime Group One (SNMG1) ships HDMS Absalon and HMCS Halifax were joined by HNLMS Van Amstel, ORP Generał. K. Pułaski, FGS Spessart, HDMS Hvidbjørnen and FS Bretagne, under the command of Commodore Bradley Peats. Task Group simulated a belligerent naval adversary for the UK CSG according to the fictional Strike Warrior exercise scenario.
Joint Warrior, known this year as Strike Warrior, is UK-led multinational exercise held twice a year in the waters around the United Kingdom and is designed to exercise a wide range of high-readiness warfighting capabilities across land, sea and air units in coordinated joint operations. The Royal Navys ay that the exercise “provides realistic multi-threat scenarios within a safe operating environment into which NATO Allies and partner nations formations, units and staffs can deploy and undertake collective training in preparation for any upcoming joint deployments”.
SNMG1 and its consorts began the exercise with a brief Combat Enhancement/Force Integration Training programme in the waters off Northwest Scotland known as the Minch. This phase ensured that participating units were fully integrated into the task group and ready to conduct various high-intensity operations and assume specific roles/responsibilities as part of the exercise.
Following this phase, NATO say that the Group entered the free-play phase where units reacted to unscripted events as they happened and interacted with the UK CSG opposition forces in a variety of realistic operational scenarios.
“SNMG1 is proud to have played a vital role in enhancing mutual operational readiness and interoperability with our fellow NATO Allies and partners, especially the UK CSG,” said Commodore Bradley Peats, Commander of SNMG1.
“Large multinational training exercises like Joint Warrior improve NATO’s overall defence capabilities while enhancing its responsiveness to deploy high-readiness military forces to conduct coordinated joint operations against various current and future threats, which supports the NATO Readiness Initiative.”