A major international military exercise is underway on the Clyde this month.

More than 3,700 military personnel, 52 aircraft, 15 warships and three submarines from 14 countries are taking part in Exercise Joint Warrior until October 17.

Joint Warrior allows the UK’s armed forces and their allies to practice joint operations, integrating this to train them against different forces and units and against a range of current and future threats.

Although run by the UK, Joint Warrior is closely aligned to the NATO exercise programme, and will be controlled and directed from the Maritime Operations Centre at the HM Naval Base Clyde, with a range of air, surface, sub-surface, sea control and maritime security roles being rehearsed.

Air units will coordinate with maritime and land forces, exercising intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, air defence, air mobility and attack.

There are 12 NATO nations participating in Exercise Joint Warrior: Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Latvia, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Turkey, the UK and the US.

The non-NATO nations taking part are Japan and the United Arab Emirates.

Exercise Joint Warrior has been designed, planned and delivered by the Joint Tactical Exercise Planning Staff (JTEPS) based at Northwood in London who will deploy to HM Naval Base Clyde to coordinate events during the fortnight.

Further information on Exercise Joint Warrior can be accessed on the Royal Navy website: www.royalnavy.mod.uk/qhm/clyde/joint-warrior