Europe’s biggest military exercise now underway

Published on: 24 Apr 2018

More than 11,600 military personnel from 17 nations are currently taking part in one of the largest exercises of its kind in Europe.

Exercise Joint Warrior - which got underway on April 21st - will continue for two weeks until May 4th, operating out of Her Majesty’s Naval Base (HMNB) in Clyde, Scotland.

All three UK services are involved in the bi-annual exercise alongside forces from 16 other nations including Denmark, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden and the US.

The exercise will provide NATO allies and partner nations the opportunity to train together across air, land, sea and cyber domains, practicing “high-end” war-fighting between near-peer adversaries.

Training scenarios in this year’s exercise include multiple sovereign nations disputing resources and territories, counter-terrorism and anti-smuggling activity, information warfare and evacuation operations.

Defence secretary Gavin Williamson said Exercise Joint Warrior will prepare British troops to meet the intensifying threats that face the UK.

“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,” he commented.