The UK-led Joint Warrior 2018 has started off the coast of Scotland as Nato’s biggest multinational military exercise.
More than 11,600 military personnel from 17 countries across the globe are participating in the two-week exercise, which will enable Nato allies and partner nations to train jointly across air, land, sea and cyber domains.
The exercise involves all three UK military services and maritime forces from countries such as Denmark, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Spain, and the US, as well as non-Nato partners Australia, Finland, and Sweden.
UK Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson said: “Joint Warrior prepares our troops in the best way to meet the intensifying threats our country faces by providing a major opportunity to exercise with our allies.
“Our armed forces are the face of global Britain, and training side by side with troops from 16 other nations means we are stronger and more capable when it comes to keeping our countries safe and protecting our way of life.”
The bi-annual Joint Warrior exercise is linked to the Nato exercise programme and is open to Joint Expeditionary Force (JEF) Partner Nations.
This year’s exercise involves scenarios such as sovereign nations disputing resources and territories, counter-terrorism, anti-smuggling, information warfare, and evacuation procedures.
In addition, JEF forces will conduct urban combat operations, including troops from the UK Parachute Regiment, the Danish Jutland Dragoon Regiment, the Lithuanian Iron Wolf Brigade and the Latvian Mechanised Infantry Brigade.
This part of the exercise will be carried out on Salisbury Plain Training Area in the UK, with air support from Apaches, Chinooks, Wildcats and Tornados.
Joint Tactical Exercise Planning Staff captain Royal Navy captain Paul Pitcher said: “This exercise gives the UK participants a chance to train with our allies and partners, honing our skills and developing our tactics.
“It is hugely important in making sure that we can fuse all elements of our capabilities, enhancing our ability to conduct joint operations now and in the future.”