Waters off Scotland will play host to one of the largest military exercises of its kind in Europe from the 8th to 20th of May.
Exercise Strike Warrior 21 will run from May 8th-20th as part of the final preparations for the first deployment of the UK’s Carrier Strike Group (CSG) next month, you can read more about that deployment here.
10 countries are taking part in the exercise with with 31 warships, 3 submarines, 150 aircraft and around 13,400 military personnel involved.
Notably, Australia will join the UK, the US, Denmark, France, Germany, Latvia, the Netherlands, Norway and Poland in taking part with 34 naval units.
According to local media:
“Exercise activity will also be held in the North Minch to the west of Ullapool involving fast small boats, both civilian and military, with GPS denial operations off the west coast. Mine counter measures operations will take place in areas around Campbeltown and Loch Ewe, while joint firing activity will take place at Cape Wrath weapons range, Garvie Island and the QinetiQ Hebrides range.
The 150 aircraft involved will operate from RAF Lossiemouth, Prestwick Airport and Stornoway Airport. The exercises will mirror a broad range of crisis and conflict situations which could happen in real-world operations.”