There will be significant activity around the north of Scotland, the exercise will involve more than 31 warships and submarines, 60 aircraft, and a total of around 6500 personnel from 14 participating nations.
Joint Warrior is major bi-annual multi-national exercise which takes place in the Scottish Exercise Areas and the first of the year will take place between 11th and 23th April 2016. The exercise will comprise of a programme of exercises conducted by land forces, warships, submarines and aircraft across the UK. The maritime element is focussed in the offshore and coastal waters to the north east, north and north west of Scotland. Further information will be provided in nearer the time.
Flight Lieutenant Guy Radcliffe, the exercise operations officer at RAF Lossiemouth, said:
“The hosting of these exercise participants will involve every section at RAF Lossiemouth. In order to facilitate each visiting units’ individual requirements for the Exercise, planning has been ongoing since last year to ensure that we are ready.
It will be an extremely busy fortnight for the Station and the airfield itself. Particular challenges will involve working with different coalition countries, operating large aircraft from an airfield which is set up for much smaller, fast jets and fitting it all around RAF Lossiemouth’s own ongoing high operational tempo and essential training.”
The aircraft from Canada, Germany, France, Norway, Turkey and the US will begin arriving at RAF Lossiemouth in the weeks leading up to the exercise. All crews will be staying in local hotels.