Ministry of Defence
10,000 troops from 13 countries arrive in the UK for major exercise
- Also published by:
- Office of the Secretary of State for Wales
The UK will boost its defensive capabilities by hosting a major international military exercise for two weeks from 30 March 2019.
More than 10,000 military personnel, 35 warships, 5 submarines and 59 aircraft and helicopters from 13 countries will take part in Exercise Joint Warrior until 11 April.
The aim of Joint Warrior is to allow the UK’s Royal Navy, Army, Royal Air Force and their allies to conduct joint operations involving different forces and units and against a range of current and future threats.
Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson MP yesterday said:
The UK military is a partner of choice for its major international allies and a resolute force for peace around the world. The UK will not waver in continuing to work with its allies to protect our mutual interests.
Led by the UK, Joint Warrior allows key NATO allies to tackle complex warfare scenarios to ensure that the international community stands fit and ready to work to face any threat together.
Although run by the UK, Joint Warrior is closely aligned to NATO training aims and is included in the NATO exercise programme.
Joint Warrior will take place across the UK:
- The Exercise will be controlled and directed from the Maritime Operations Centre at Scotland’s largest military establishment, HM Naval Base Clyde, with a range of air, surface, sub-surface, sea control and maritime security roles being rehearsed off the West Coast of Scotland.
- Air units will coordinate with maritime and land forces, exercising Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR), air defence, air mobility and attack. Aircraft will operate from RAF Lossiemouth, Prestwick and Stornoway airports as well as from RAF Leeming, RAF Coningsby, RAF Mildenhall, RAF Marham and RAF Brize Norton.
- Land activity will focus on integrating with close air support at the Cape Wrath naval bombardment range and the RAF bombing range at Tain, supported by the RAF Spadeadam Electronic Warfare Training Range in Cumbria. There will be amphibious landings by Royal Marines at the MOD’s Castlemartin range in Wales and possibly also in Dumfries and Galloway.
There following nations are taking part in Exercise Joint Warrior: Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, the UK and the US.
Together these allies and partner nations will deploy 10,300 armed forces personnel (at Sea 6,500 personnel, Land 3,000 personnel and Air 800 personnel)
After an initial briefing weekend at HMNB Clyde, the exercise splits its participants into two opposing Task Forces starting in the Scottish Exercise Areas (water and airspace generally to the West of Scotland, particularly The Minches). As the exercise progresses elements of the Task Forces will progress south to conduct an amphibious exercise off the South West Coast of Wales.
Latest News from
Ministry of Defence
NATO Leaders' Meeting London 2019: Defence Secretary’s Statement05/12/2019 10:10:00
Defence Secretary Ben Wallace comments on the 2019 NATO Leaders' Meeting.
Defence Secretary's speech at NATO Engages03/12/2019 13:15:15
Defence Secretary Ben Wallace outlines the future of NATO in the Alliance's 70th year.
Operational Honours and Awards list November 201929/11/2019 13:15:00
A number of members of the Armed Forces have been named in the latest Operational Honours and Awards List.
Baroness Goldie speech at 24th Conference of States Parties to the Chemical Weapons Convention26/11/2019 14:12:00
Baroness Goldie's speech at the 24th Conference of States Parties to the Chemical Weapons Convention in The Hague.
Ministry of Defence response to allegations relating to the conduct of UK forces in Iraq and Afghanistan18/11/2019 12:15:00
Ministry of Defence response to allegations relating to the conduct of UK forces in Iraq and Afghanistan
200 UK troops deploy to support flood relief14/11/2019 10:15:15
Two hundred UK Armed Forces personnel were yesterday deployed to South Yorkshire to support flood relief efforts.
Armed Forces lead nation in Cenotaph service on Remembrance Sunday11/11/2019 12:22:00
Over 800 members of the Royal Navy, British Army and Royal Air Force paraded alongside the Royal Family for the National Service of Remembrance.
How a Century Old Spoon Led to The Military Burial of an Essex Soldier Who Died in The Great War08/11/2019 13:15:00
Artefacts led to a fitting burial service for Lance Corporal (LCpl) Frederick Thomas Perkins, of the 11th Battalion The Essex Regiment, who was killed during World War One.