Troops and ships to gather on the Clyde for major exercises

Royal Navy Mine Hunter HMS Brocklesby, just one of the ships taking part. Crown Copyright.
Royal Navy Mine Hunter HMS Brocklesby, just one of the ships taking part. Crown Copyright.

A massive military exercise with troops from 13 countries is being held on the Clyde next month.

Exercise Joint Warrior 142, a multinational exercise which is held twice a year, will involve 22 naval units and around 52 fixed wing aircraft from October 7 onwards.

Countries taking part in the maritime part of Joint Warrior are the UK, the United States, the Netherlands, France, Denmark, Norway, Spain, Germany, Lithuania, Belgium, Poland, Estonia and Latvia.

The US Navy’s Commander Destroyer Squadron 26 will be assuming overall command of the task group.

Coordinating events will be around 150 additional military personnel, many of them reservists, who will operate from HM Naval Base Clyde at Faslane during the fortnight.

A Ministry of Defence spokesperson said: “Exercise Joint Warrior provides all three UK Armed Services, and invited allied nations, with the opportunity to hone the vital skills needed to fight and win on today’s battlefield.

“Military skills practised will include anti-submarine warfare, anti-surface warfare, mine countermeasures, live firing, counter-smuggling and counter-insurgency, electronic warfare and logistics support.”

Over the two-week period, the exercise will develop from an initial period of military and political tension into simulated war fighting and potentially state on state hostilities.

Visiting Glasgow ahead of the exercise will be Danish vessels HDMS Peter Willemoes and HDMS Hvidbjoernen, while Faslane will host 13 other ships from Spain, the Netherlands, the United States, Poland, Germany, Estonia and Latvia.

Also participating will be RAF Lossiemouth. Both Typhoon and Tornado GR4 aircraft will operate from the Moray airbase as well as visiting fighter planes from Sweden, Belgium and Germany.

As in previous exercises, there will be GPS jamming but the MoD says this will be limited to a confined area in North West Scotland at specific times, and maritime, fishing, aviation and hill walking organisations have been consulted.