Military Capabilities

Exercise marks final validation of Joint Expeditionary Force

10 May 2018
A British and Estonian soldier during Exercise Joint Warrior on Salisbury Plain. Source: Crown copyright

The UK-led Joint Expeditionary Force (JEF), which draws on a pool of high readiness forces from nine partner nations across Europe, carried out a final validation exercise, dubbed 'Joint Warrior', between 20 April and 5 May as the force moves closer to a full operating capability later this year.

In a demonstration of readiness, air and land components of the formation, which included elements of the Danish Jutland Dragoon Regiment, Lithuanian Iron Wolf Brigade, Latvian Mechanised Infantry Brigade, and UK 3rd Battalion The Parachute Regiment, mounted a series of ‘joint validation’ tasks at the fighting in built-up area training village on Salisbury Plain in the southern UK.

Chiefs of defence from all nine JEF member nations - Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, Norway, Netherlands, Denmark, Finland, Sweden, and UK - flew in to watch the exercise on 4 May with UK defence secretary Gavin Williamson, who commended the JEF’s ability to conduct the full spectrum of operations, from humanitarian assistance and conventional deterrence through to combat operations.

Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson said, "Nations are judged by the friends they keep. This exercise sends a clear message to our allies and adversaries alike – our nations have what it takes to keep our people safe and secure in an uncertain world. From counter-terrorism and anti-smuggling to information warfare, we are stronger by sharing expertise and developing joint tactics across air, land, sea and cyber".

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