Warships arrive in Glasgow this week as part of massive military exercise

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Impressive warships will arrive on the Clyde in Glasgow this week.

The ships are part of an armada of NATO ships taking part in a massive military exercise – the largest to take place in Europe this year.

NATO’s First Standing Maritime Group and NATO’s First Standing Mine Action Group have already arrived in the city.

Other ships are also expected as part of the preparations for Exercise Joint Warrior.

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This brings together elements of the Royal Navy, Royal Air Force and British Army, as well as forces of other nations.

The UK-led war exercise, which takes place annually in the spring and fall, sees the three forces join those of 13 other countries, including Belgium, Canada, the United States, France and Germany.

A Royal Navy spokesperson said: “This massive multinational war exercise involves warships, planes, navies and troops from the UK, NATO and Allied forces.

“The exercise not only allows participating units to refine their specialist roles within a broader war-style framework – it also helps strengthen the vital ties between the UK, NATO and other armies. allies. “

Taking place over two weeks, Joint Warrior includes airborne assaults, amphibious landings, evacuations and live fire exercises. HMS Prince of Wales is also expected to participate.

The multinational exercise will run from Saturday September 18 through Thursday September 30 and includes a number of participating ships departing from West Coast ports.

25 warships, three submarines, more than 30 aircraft and approximately 6,750 military personnel are expected to participate.

The Royal Navy spokesperson added: “The aim is to provide a complex environment in which participants can train together, hone their tactics and skills for deployment as a combined joint task force. .

“Each Joint Warrior’s scenario is designed to reflect contemporary political tensions – such as the war on terrorism and the threat posed by ISIS – and to simulate the hostilities that could result. The ultimate goal? To ensure maximum preparedness in the face of of any threat.

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