UK multinational drill Joint Warrior starting next week

The UK-hosted multinational, tri-service exercise Joint Warrior is starting next week with warships and personnel already en route to the Scottish Coasts.

The exercise will be attended by 16 nations who will take part in a range of maneuvers over a course of two weeks.

Before the actual at sea maneuvers start, the participating vessels will pull into Glasgow, Scotland, for the weekend where the harbor-phase of the naval portion of the exercise is to take place. Navies from Denmark, Norway, Canada, Germany, Turkey, Spain, Belgium and the Netherlands are taking part.

The biannual exercise Joint Warrior is linked directly with the NATO Military Training Exercise Programme and is designed, planned and delivered by the Joint Tactical Exercise Planning Staff (JTEPS) based at Northwood in London.

The exercise runs through a range of scenarios, including crisis and conflict situations, that could be realistically encountered in operations – disputed territory, terrorist activity, piracy and more.

The exercise usually takes place in the spring and autumn, but 2018 will see only one edition of the exercise. The autumn session is being replaced this year by a larger exercise in Norway.


A handy infographic shared by the UK delegation to OSCE on Twitter illustrates areas in UK where Joint Warrior will be taking place.


Warships taking part in the exercise will include ships from NATO’s SNMG 1, composed of group flagship frigate HDMS Niels Juel, German corvette FGS Erfurt, Canadian frigate HMCS St. John’s and Turkish frigate TCG Gediz. Other ships known to be taking part are Royal Navy Tide-class tanker RFA Tidespring and landing ship dock RFA Lyme Bay, French aviso FS Commandant L-Herminier, Dutch frigate HNLMS Evertsen, US destroyer USS Ross and German frigate Lubeck and tanker Spessart. Joint Warrior is likely to be attended by one or more submarines but their movements mostly remain undisclosed which means no official announcements on submarine units have been made.