Getting Ready for Joint Warrior
Exercise Joint Warrior 2019 Scheduled for 30 March to 11 April
10,000 troops from 13 countries arrive in the UK for Exercise Joint Warrior 2019, a major international military exercise to boost Britain’s defensive capabilities.
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 from 30m March 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.
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 under the control of 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 co-ordinate 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 in the following breakdown:
- Sea: 6,500 personnel
- Land: 3,000 personnel
- 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.
“The UK military is a partner of choice for its major international allies,” said Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson, “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.”
Image: Troops of the 29 Commando Regiment Royal Artillery load a 105mm Light Gun during Exercise Joint Warrior in Scotland. The combined firepower force of Royal Navy warships and Royal Artillery mortars was ringing out over the Scottish Highlands as part of a two-day training exercise. Around 200 Royal Marines from 42 Commando were landed several miles inshore of Cape Wrath by Chinook and Sea King to attack four target enemy positions as part of a scenario in which they launched a surprise attack on a hostile nation. Supported by the 4.5 inch guns on HMS Diamond and HMS Westminster plus the 105mm light guns of 29 Commando Royal Artillery, the Marines took around three hours to push their way through the enemy to reach the shore. Photograph by POA(Phot) Paul A’Barrow (Crown Copyright, 2013).