The British Army say in a news release that Exercise Warfighter will test UK troops alongside their French and American counterparts in modern combat operations in a “realistic multi-domain simulation”, allowing commanders to test the headquarters ability to plan and conduct high intensity operations.
“Soldiers from all three armies have joined forces at two military bases in Texas (Fort Hood and Fort Bliss) to put their combined capabilities to the test. The 10-day exercise which begins today (6 April), unifies real world armour and troops on both sides of the Atlantic on a simulated battlefield to test their warfighting readiness and future agility.”
General Sir Mark Carleton-Smith KCB CBE ADC Gen, Chief of the General Staff, was quoted as saying:
“Warfighting capability remains the cornerstone of deterrence and the bedrock of a world-class British Army that will be more agile, integrated and lethal.”
Major General (Maj Gen) Mike Elviss MBE, General Officer Commanding 3 (UK) DIV, was quoted as saying:
“It is fundamental for us to be able to work together and that means training as we would fight. In essence, working alongside our closest allies and leveraging our relative strengths makes us more lethal as a whole.”
The British Army also add that while British and French forces are integrated at Divisional level into a U.S. corps for this year’s Warfighter, U.S. brigade combat teams are being inserted into each British and French division and for the first time a UK brigade (7th Infantry Brigade) will also be integrated into a U.S armoured division (1st Armored Division).
Who are 3rd (UK) Division?
According to the British Army website, 3rd (United Kingdom) Division exists as the United Kingdom’s strategic land warfare asset.
“As such the Division is able to bring to bear the considerable firepower of the British Army and concentrate the force which includes: Reconnaissance, Armoured Cavalry; Armoured and Mechanised Infantry, Aviation, Artillery, Engineers and Logistics; in what is referred to as “the full spectrum” of warfighting capability.”
3rd (United Kingdom) Division is the only division at continual operational readiness in the UK. ‘The Iron Division’ is made up of 1st Armoured Infantry Brigade (Tidworth), 12th Armoured Infantry Brigade (Bulford Camp), 20th Armoured Infantry Brigade (Paderborn, Germany) and 101st Logistic Brigade (Aldershot).
You can read more about them here, on the British Army website.