Standing NATO Maritime Group One and Standing NATO Mine Countermeasures Group One have arrived in the city with more vessels expected to arrive in preparation for Exercise Joint Warrior.
Exercise Joint Warrior is the largest military exercise in Europe, bringing together the Royal Navy, the Royal Air Force and the British Army, as well as forces from other nations. Joint Warrior is a UK-led war exercise that takes place in spring and autumn each year. The Royal Navy, Royal Air Force and British Army are joined by forces from 13 other nations, including Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Latvia, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Turkey, Japan, UAE and the US.
Taking place over two weeks, Joint Warrior includes airborne assaults, amphibious landings, evacuations and live-fire exercises. The exercise runs through a range of scenarios, including crisis and conflict situations, that could be realistically encountered in operations, such as territory disputes, terrorist activity and piracy.
Today, Commander #SNMG1 welcomed Commander José Almira & the crew of 🇪🇸 Almirante Juan de Borbón (F102) to the task group as we arrived in🏴Glasgow, Scotland.
🇨🇦🇳🇱🇳🇴🇵🇹 🇪🇸 will be participating in the 🇬🇧UK-led Multinational Exercise #DYMR21 from Sept. 18-30.#NATO @NATO_MARCOM pic.twitter.com/lvp4e8Ilqs
— COM SNMG1 (@COM_SNMG1) September 16, 2021
The Royal Navy in Scotland tweeted:
Good morning from #Glasgow KGV dock @PeelPorts with @COM_SNMG1 already alongside, we eagerly await the arrival of @SNMCMG1 @COM_SNMCMG1 @NATO_MARCOM #StrongerTogether #JointWarrior #DynamicMariner @RoyalCanNavy @MarinhaPT @kon_marine #Scotland #NATO pic.twitter.com/5twuJxG8rP
— Royal Navy in Scotland (@RNinScotland) September 16, 2021
Later this month, HMS Prince of Wales will also take part in the largest military exercise in the UK, Joint Warrior, off the Scottish coast to test her ability to work alongside other naval, air force and army assets and as part of broader task group operations.
According to te Royal Navy website, in a section titled ‘Why are we doing it?‘.
“This massive multinational war exercise involves warships, aircraft, marines and troops from UK, NATO and allied forces. The exercise doesn’t only allow participating units to hone their specialist roles within a larger war-style setting – it also helps foster vital links between the UK, NATO and other allied militaries.
The aim is to provide a complex environment in which the participants can train together, honing tactics and skills in preparation for deployment as a Combined Joint Task Force.
The scenario for each Joint Warrior is designed to reflect contemporary political tensions – such as the War on Terror and the threat posed by ISIS – and to simulate the hostilities that might result from them. The ultimate aim? To assure maximum preparedness in the face of any threat.”