Tuesday, 7 April 2015
Glasgow Prestwick Airport at the heart of military exercise Joint Warrior
Glasgow Prestwick Airport is playing a major strategic role in Europe’s largest military exercise which starts on Saturday.
Joint Warrior, held twice a year, is a UK multinational NATO exercise involving the Royal Navy, British Army and the RAF.
Running from 11-24 April, it will feature 55 warships and submarines, 70 aircraft and around 13,000 personnel from 13 participating countries. There will be significant naval and aerial activity off the West and East coast of Scotland, including amphibious landings on the West coast. Aircraft will operate from locations including Prestwick, RAF Brize Norton, RAF Marham, RAF Leeming and RAF Lossiemouth.
The NATO exercise is designed to improve joint operations amongst the armed forces of the participating countries.
Glasgow Prestwick Airport chief executive Iain Cochrane said: “Prestwick stands ready to play its part in Joint Warrior and our involvement shows we have the expertise, capability and resources to assist in Europe’s largest military exercise.
“We look forward to hosting numerous aircraft from the RAF and the Royal Navy as well as those from countries including France, Belgium and Holland. Aircraft types should include various fast jets, helicopters and transport aircraft such as Hawks, Falcon 20s, A340s and C130s.”