Warships taking part in Exercise Joint Warrior have departed the Clyde to participate in Exercise Joint Warrior 23-2 (JW 23-2), which is taking place between 22 October and 2 November 2023.

The Exercise will be delivered by the Joint Training and Exercise Planning Staff (JTEPS) from His Majesty’s Naval Base Portsmouth. The Exercise contains a series of serials and events that will be conducted to the North of Scotland and the North Sea by warships, submarines, and aircraft.

The training event sees the participation of the Joint Expeditionary Force (JEF), NATO and partner nations’ formations, units and their Staffs to undertake Collective Training.

The aim is to provide a complex environment in which the participants can train together, honing tactics and skills in preparation for a deployment as a Combined Joint Task Force and to ensure maximum preparedness in the face of any future threat.

Joint Warrior is a UK-led multinational exercise that takes place in spring and autumn each year over a two-week period, historically off the coast of North West Scotland but increasingly agile in location to conduct readiness training where benefit is greatest.

The Royal Navy, Royal Air Force and British Army are joined by forces from NATO, JEF, and partner nations. The exercise allows participating units to practice operating in sub-threshold and conflict levels of warfare and also helps encourage broader engagement and greater interoperability.

The scenario for each Joint Warrior is designed to reflect contemporary political tensions and to simulate potential crisis that might result from them. It includes airborne assaults, amphibious operations, ‘grey zone’ threats, and live-fire exercises.

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