UK to host major military exercise

The UK is again to play host to a major military exercise designed to allow the Royal Navy, the Army, the Royal Air Force and its allies to conduct joint operations.

Exercise Joint Warrior is to take place from March 30th until April 11th 2019 and will involve more than 10,000 military personnel, 35 warships, five submarines and 59 aircraft and helicopters from 13 countries.

The initiative is closely aligned with NATO training aims and presents participants with a range of current and future threats to overcome.

Most of the action will take place off the coast of Scotland and involves scenarios including Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance, air defence, air mobility and attack.

There will also be amphibious landings by the Royal Marines at the Ministry of Defence's Castlemartin range in Wales and potentially in the Scottish region of Dumfries and Galloway too, aimed at rehearsing security measures.

Defence secretary Gavin Williamson said: "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."

Joint Warrior is the successor of the past Neptune Warrior and Joint Maritime Course and is designed to provide a multi-threat training environment where participants can practise being deployed as a Combined Joint Task Force.

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