US Marine Corps 4th Air Naval Gunfire Liaison Company in Scotland for Exercise Joint Warrior 18 (DVIDS, 2017)

US Marines in Scotland for Joint Warrior 18

4th ANGLICO Reservists Take Part in Europe’s Largest Military Exercise

Reserve Marines with 3rd Brigade platoon, 4th Air Naval Gunfire Liaison Company, Force Headquarters Group, are participating in exercise Joint Warrior 18-1, in Durness, Scotland, from April 18 to May 2, 2018.

Joint Warrior is a bi-annual, UK-led multinational exercise designed and led by the Joint Tactical Exercise Planning Staff in the UK. It’s intent is to improve interoperability between allied and partner militaries and to prepare participants for a role in a joint maritime environment during deployments.

Like previous iterations, Joint Warrior 18 will bring together 4th ANGLICO and multiple partner nation’s naval, air and ground based units together to participate in operations such as airborne assaults, amphibious landings and training in counter-insurgency, counter-piracy and interstate war. Live-fire exercises are also scheduled to take place on various weapons ranges.

The 3rd Brigade platoon commander with 4th ANGLICO, US Marine Corps Major Graham Perry, said:

This exercise is important to maintain the same capabilities as our foreign counterparts in the realm of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. When I say capabilities, I’m specifically talking about combined arms fires. The area we will be conducting the exercise is unique in that it is the only location in the United Kingdom where you can practice live combined arms and naval gunfire integrated with ground indirect fire as well as close air support.

In order to maintain their readiness, the Marines with 4th ANGLICO will be working with Marines from Sweden and Spain, as well as other partner nations. At Joint Warrior, a big take away will be how these nations partner together to learn each others tactics and capabilities.

Major Perry highlighted interoperability as a key goal for Joint Warrior 18:

The biggest thing I hope they take away from this is learning how to integrate with a partner force and how to take what they know as US Marines and teach another service how they do what they do, and vice versa. It’s a very intangible trait that you can’t just sit down in a classroom and teach a Marine how to learn someone else’s culture. We’re going to be there to help share our culture and what we know and to also take in as much information as we can.

In Edinburgh, soldiers from 4th ANGLICO heard a presentation about new developments in radio communications that would aide them in future operations. Over the next two weeks, the US Marines will be training with a wide variety of mission essential tasks. At its conclusion, 4th ANGLICO will be able to look back at Joint Warrior 18 and know that it improved their capabilities and combat effectiveness, ensuring that they will be ready to fight tonight.

Source: Marine Corps Forces Reserve

Image: US Marines with Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 23rd Marine Regiment, 4th Marine Division, Marine Forces Reserve and 4th Air Naval Gunfire Liaison Company, Force Headquarters Group, Marine Forces Reserve, execute a amphibious assault training exercise in Ventspils, Latvia, during Exercise Saber Strike 17, June 6, 2017.