US Navy ships assigned to Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 26, pulled into Faslane, Scotland for a routine port visit Oct. 2, prior to the start of exercise Joint Warrior 14-2.
The port visit will give Sailors the opportunity to meet with the people of Faslane and to experience the history and culture of the United Kingdom.
Exercise Joint Warrior is a semi-annual training exercise conducted in the coastal waters of the U.K. The training, led by the U.K., is designed to provide NATO and allied forces a multi-warfare environment to prepare for global operations.
Joint Warrior is the U.K.’s advanced naval certification course and will last approximately two weeks. The exercise scenarios include small boat attacks, boarding operations, air defense, anti-submarine warfare, and ship maneuverability tasks.
The exercise will include air, sea, and ground assets from Belgium, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Spain, Sweden, the U.K. and U.S. Navy units participating include guided-missile cruiser USS Vicksburg (CG 69); guided-missile destroyer USS Jason Dunham (DDG 109); fleet replenishment oiler USNS Kanawha (TAO 196); Commander, Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing (CPRW) 11; and Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadrons (HSM) 46 and 48.
Press Release, October 06, 2014; Image: US Navy