News story: UK agrees closer working on NATO military exercises

The agreement comes as the Prime Minister met with the new NATO Secretary General, Jens Stoltenberg, at Downing Street ahead of the Afghanistan Service of Commemoration.

From next month, the UK’s flagship series of military exercises – Joint Warrior – will officially become part of NATO’s exercise programme and will see up to 12,000 personnel from more than a dozen NATO nations and close partners taking part.

This will be one of the largest air, land and sea training exercises run in Europe and will feature more than 58 warships and submarines, over 50 fixed wing aircraft and nearly 3,000 land forces from the participating nations.

Joint Warrior will prepare personnel for NATO’s next exercise – Trident Juncture – which will take place in the Iberian Peninsula between September and November this year and will be the largest live NATO exercise for over a decade.

The UK’s contribution to this exercise will include an Army Brigade Headquarters and Battlegroup, a Naval Task Force including helicopter carrier, assault ship, a frigate and Mine Counter Measure Vessel and RAF Typhoon fighter aircraft.

Prime Minister, David Cameron, said:


These exercises showcase the breadth of the UK’s military capability and demonstrate the strength of the NATO Alliance.

We will continue to play a leading role in NATO and, by working together with our Allies, we send a clear message to those who threaten us – that the UK and NATO have the military capabilities, resolve and ability to support our Eastern Allies and defend our own waters and airspace.

In preparation for NATO’s HQ Allied Rapid Reaction Corps – based in Gloucestershire – becoming the standby Joint Task Force Headquarters in 2015-16, NATO will run a training exercise involving around 850 UK troops.

Exercise Arrcade Fusion will take place in the Baltic States towards the end of the year and will contribute to the development of NATO’s Very High Readiness Joint Taskforce, which the UK will be the lead nation on once it is established in 2017.

Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said:


Exercise Joint Warrior provides realistic training platforms for our armed forces, testing the vast capabilities of the three services while working very closely alongside our Allies. Making it part of the NATO programme will act as a timely reminder to the world of just how proud and powerful the Alliance is.

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NATO known around the world as No Action Talk Only
 
NATO known around the world as No Action Talk Only
As they are my employers i would wish to counter-argue your comment but alas i cant!!:roll:
 
So, UK in 'entire point of treaty' shock" is a good summary then?
 
As they are my employers i would wish to counter-argue your comment but alas i cant!!:roll:
Sadly here in Vietnam it is often quoted.
 
NATO known around the world as No Action Talk Only
With the emerging threat on the Eastern Flank, i think we can expect NATO to be very relevant again...I've already heard from current incumbents that it hasn't worked out as the sleepy hollow posting that they were expecting!
 
With the emerging threat on the Eastern Flank, i think we can expect NATO to be very relevant again...I've already heard from current incumbents that it hasn't worked out as the sleepy hollow posting that they were expecting!
I hope so. I know that when NATO decides to get off its backside, it is actually quite effective. Its unfortunate that the perception that people have in the F/E is that it is all talk. Mind you, quite a few people in this neck of the woods see it as a "military force" rather than what it is, a mutual defence agreement.
 
Hmm I was of the understanding that Ex Joint Warrior (formally Cold Neptune) was a NATO exercise already since the name change- so many units from different nationalities take part in it. The problem is, it's alright exercising NATO and talk about being a treaty for a defence agreement, but if we're not meeting our part of the funding towards it with our forces budget, when it comes to time to actually call on NATO, will there be anything left but a token group that's only useful for PR?


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In other news - MOD researchers invent round device to help vehicles move more easily.
 
Lets not kid ourselves, unless its the French, no one in Europe wants to go off fighting wars unless Uncle Sam is 1. taking part or 2. funding it. Some nations on Lift and Sustain benefit quite well on that little arrangement.
A case in point, "we have'nt got any MRAP's so if you want us to take part you need to provide them, the fuel, the spares....in fact it wont cost us a penny if you want us to take part"!
Meanwhile the UK is going through its long drawn out process of tendering a new "insert expensive mil equipment" requirement to end up just going to Uncle Sam anyway!
 
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That's my Annual Camp for 2015 sorted then, Ex ARCADE (CON)FUSION in the Baltics... ;-)
A total week of work, a night of sleep deprivation, you don't expect a lot do you ;)

Just about to undertake second night of no sleep. Train at 10:38 off Paddington, let me know if we can throw the book at you?
 
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That's my Annual Camp for 2015 sorted then, Ex ARCADE (CON)FUSION in the Baltics... ;-)
A total week of work, a night of sleep deprivation, you don't expect a lot do you ;)

Just about to undertake second night of no sleep. Train at 10:38 off Paddington, let me know i can throw the book at you?
 

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