UK to host international military exercise Joint Warrior

18 March 2019 (Last Updated March 18th, 2019 11:27)

The UK will host a major international military exercise named Joint Warrior to improve interoperability among key Nato allies.

UK to host international military exercise Joint Warrior
British Navy’s HMS Montrose taking part in Exercise Joint Warrior 2018. Credit: Royal Navy.

The UK will host a major international military exercise named Joint Warrior to improve interoperability among key Nato allies.

The two-week exercise will start on 30 March and conclude on 11 April.

A total of 10,300 armed forces personnel from 13 countries are set to take part in Exercise Joint Warrior, including 6,500 personnel at sea, 3,000 operating on land and 800 from helicopters and aircraft.

In addition to the UK, other participating nations include Canada, Denmark, Italy, Norway, Spain, and the US.

The countries will also deploy 35 warships, five submarines, and 59 aircraft and helicopters to participate in the event, which is closely aligned to Nato training aims.

“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.”

The exercise will enable the British Armed Forces and their allies to conduct joint operations against a range of current and future threats. It will involve different forces and units.

UK Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson 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.”

Joint Warrior will be controlled and directed from the Maritime Operations Centre at the HM Naval Base Clyde in Scotland.

The personnel and assets will rehearse air, surface, sub-surface, sea control and maritime security roles off the west coast of Scotland.

During the exercise, air units will work in coordination with maritime and land forces to exercise intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR), air defence, air mobility, and attack.

The Royal Marines will perform amphibious landings at the Ministry of Defence’s Castlemartin Range in Wales.