Ex Joint Warrior

This is Joint Warrior

The UK’s bi-annual exercise in Scotland is underway which sees NATO allies training in the air, by sea and on land

In the biggest exercise hosted by the UK, more than 6,000 soldiers, sailors and airmen and women have come together to improve the UK and its allies to rapidly respond to emerging threats.

Joint Warrior is held in the springtime and again in autumn, to improve the way they respond to current and future threats.

HMS Northumberland powering through some rough seas while carrying out Anti-Submarine duties during Ex Joint Warrior.
HMS Northumberland powering through some rough seas while carrying out Anti-Submarine duties during Ex Joint Warrior.

With 81 air assets, 28 ships and 130 ground troops from 11 nations (10 NATO and one non-NATO) this is exercise involved a whole host of training. This exercise involves;

  • United Kingdom 🇬🇧
  • United States 🇺🇸
  • Netherlands 🇳🇱
  • Portugal 🇵🇹
  • Belgium 🇧🇪
  • Canada 🇨🇦
  • France 🇫🇷
  • Denmark 🇩🇰
  • Norway 🇳🇴
  • Lithuania 🇱🇹
  • Australia 🇦🇺 (Non-NATO)
Canadian forces during Ex Joint Warrior.
Canadian forces (left) and French forces (right) during Ex Joint Warrior.

Joint Warrior is designed to test a wide range of skills across land, sea and air units in joint operations.

Naval forces will be put to the test against threats from above and below the waves, air units will be tested on their Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) skills, along with air defence and attack, and the land forces will be working with air assets conducting close air support.

The full United Kingdom (UK) Carrier Strike Group (CSG) assembled at sea
The full United Kingdom (UK) Carrier Strike Group (CSG) assembled at sea.

Making an appearance for this Joint Warrior is the Royal Navy’s new Carrier Strike Group which has assembled for the first time, marking the beginning of a new era of operations.

HMS Queen Elizabeth is at the centre of the new UK Carrier Strike Group which is the start of joint carrier operations between the Royal Navy and its NATO allies.

The group includes NATO’s most sophisticated destroyers — the Royal Navy’s Type 45s HMS Diamond and HMS Defender and US Navy Arleigh Burke-class USS The Sullivans as well as frigates HMS Northumberland and HMS Kent from the UK and the Dutch Navy’s HNLMS Evertsen.

HMS Queen Elizabeth at the heart of the UK Carrier Strike Group.
HMS Queen Elizabeth at the heart of the UK Carrier Strike Group.

This massive multinational war exercise involves warships, aircraft, marines and troops from the 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.

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