It has emerged that only one Joint Warrior exercise will take place this year due to concerns of overstretching forces as they undertake ‘other commitments’.
Joint Warrior is a UK-led multinational exercise that involves numerous warships, aircraft, marines and troops from allied nations around the world. The exercise traditionally takes place twice per year, the first in April and the second in October. Last Aprils exercise was the biggest in terms of scale in the exercise’s history with more than 50 ships, 70 aircraft and 13,000 personnel were involved.
The second of the two Joint Warrior exercises will not now take place as we understand that the armed forces are taking part in two other major exercises, leaving no capacity to commit appropriate forces to the second part of Joint Warrior.
According to a response to a Freedom of Information request:
It is understood that two Joint Warrior exercises are still expected to be held in 2019.
This comes not long after it was revealed that Oman will hold a joint military exercise with the UK later this year after an agreement was made between officials from both nations in London. The exercise is dubbed ‘Swift Sword’. Both nations previously held two similar military exercises, the last of which was conducted in the last quarter of 2001 and involved the largest single deployment of UK forces since the Gulf War.