Local News for Tuesday 11th October 2016
Joint Warrior begins
The major international military exercise Joint Warrior has begun in Scotland, and activity will be seen by land, sea and in the sky around the Western Isles. Exercise Joint Warrior is a multinational NATO exercise conducted in the UK during the spring and the autumn of each year. This month’s exercise will involve more than 31 warships and submarines, 60 aircraft, and a total of around 6,500 personnel from the 14 participating nations. For the first time so-called ‘robot wars’ will be tested, with unmanned aircraft and sea vessels being deployed on an experimental basis, including around Benbecula, where exercises will test the response of manned versus unmanned craft. The operation began on Saturday and runs until October 20th.