The UK Armed Forces is par­tic­i­pat­ing in Europe’s big­gest tri-ser­vice mil­i­tary ex­er­cise, code-named Joint War­rior 2014, off the coast of Scot­land. The ex­er­cise, which started on March 25, in­volves more than 35 war­ships, 25 dif­fer­ent types of air­craft, and ap­prox­i­mately 13,000 per­son­nel from the var­i­ous na­tions tak­ing part, in­clud­ing Turkey, Ger­many, Bel­gium, France, Hol­land, Den­mark, and the US. All par­tic­i­pat­ing ships, sub­marines, air­craft and ground troops from the UK, US and other al­lies are bat­tling each other at sea, in the air and on land in an area that stretches from the Ir­ish Sea, north to Cape Wrath and east to the Mo­ray Firth.

UK In­ter­na­tional Se­cu­rity Strat­egy Min­is­ter Dr Andrew Mur­ri­son said EX Joint War­rior continues to pro­vide real­is­tic train­ing plat­forms for the UK armed forces, test­ing the vast ca­pa­bil­i­ties of all three ser­vices. The Royal Navy has de­ployed 12 ships, in­clud­ing am­phibi­ous ves­sels, de­stroy­ers, frigates and mine coun­ter­mea­sures ves­sels, which will be used by the crews to pre­pare for their im­mi­nent de­ploy­ments to the At­lantic, Mediter­ranean and Mid­dle East.

The UK Army is rep­re­sented by 16 Air As­sault Bri­gade per­son­nel, who will be joined by the Royal Air Force (RAF), army and Com­mando He­li­copter Forces, as well as Apache, Chi­nook, Sea King, Lynx, Mer­lin and Puma he­li­copters for the pro­vi­sion of crit­i­cal at­tack sup­port and re­con­nais­sance ca­pa­bil­i­ties. The RAF is pro­vid­ing fast jet air­craft such as Hawks, Tor­na­dos and Ty­phoons, and will also sim­u­late en­emy air­craft and mis­siles, and pro­vide con­ven­tional air war­fare ca­pa­bil­ity. In ad­di­tion to this, RAF sur­veil­lance air­craft will pro­vide a de­tailed pic­ture of en­emy move­ments and po­si­tions to the Royal Navy, while the Tac­ti­cal Sup­ply Wing will sup­ply lo­gis­tic sup­port to air as­sets. Joint War­rior pro­vides a valu­able op­por­tu­nity to demon­strate the range of ca­pa­bil­i­ties avail­able for con­tin­gency op­er­a­tions, while pro­vid­ing ex­cel­lent train­ing that tests the high­readi­ness ca­pa­bil­i­ties of the armed forces.

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