The Hebrides will see elements of a major military exercise when Exercise Joint Warrior gets underway this coming weekend.
Thousands of service personnel from all three branches of the UK military, and personnel from allied and partner nations, will take part in the exercise which is scheduled to begin on 26th March and run on until 6th April.
Exercise activity will include:
- Naval activity focussed off the Western and Northern coasts of Scotland with 35 naval units participating.
- Live firing activity at Cape Wrath weapons range in the North of Scotland as well as GPS denial operations at the Cape and Loch Ewe for limited periods.
Relevant authorities, including aviation and maritime communities, have been consulted and procedures are in place for unforeseen eventualities.
One of the largest military exercises in Europe, Joint Warrior will see maritime activity from units from Denmark, Belgium, Estonia, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, the UK and the USA.
The exercise is being co-ordinated by around 430 additional personnel from the Joint Tactical Exercise Planning Staff – or JTEPS – working from HM Naval Base Clyde’s Maritime Operations Centre.
RAF Lossiemouth and HMS Gannet at Prestwick will also host aircraft during the fortnight with around 34 fixed wing and 18 rotary aircraft from France, Germany, the UK and US participating.
Meanwhile, on land, 16 Air Assault Brigade Headquarters and the associated Battle Group, 2 PARA, will join troops from the Netherlands, Sweden and the US.
The exercise will provide the UK, allies and partner nations the opportunity to practice the vital skills needed on the modern battlefield.
During the fortnight skills such as maritime task force training, anti-submarine warfare, anti-surface warfare, mine counter measures training, maritime security operations, close air support, intelligence gathering, electronic warfare training, and GPS denial operations will all be practiced.
Exercise Joint Warrior is held twice a year, in the spring and autumn, and participation is open to all NATO allies and partners, providing high quality operational training.
For more information on Exercise Joint Warrior, including notices to mariners and details of GPS denial operations, please visit Queen’s Harbour Master Clyde’s (QHM Clyde) webpage at:
Pictured: HMS BLYTH & RAMSAY return to HMNB Clyde after a long deployment in the Gulf. The Sandown Class minesweepers returned to a warm welcome from the whole HMNB Clyde and thier awaiting families.