British service leads highly effective NATO strike group

UK Provider Strike Group (CSG) items assembled for the beginning of Train Joint Warrior, a UK-led train forming a part of NATO Train Steadfast Defender (STDE24).

The duty group is led by the UKCSG launched into HMS Prince of Wales, which is working F-35B jets alongside Merlin and Wildcat helicopters.

The service is escorted by: HMS Portland, a Royal Navy Sort 23 frigate; HMCS Charlottetown, a Royal Canadian Navy Halifax-class frigate; SNS Cristόbal Colόn, a Spanish Navy Álvaro de Bazán-class air defence frigate; HMDS Niels Juel, a Danish Iver Huitfeldt-class frigate.

Logistical assist is provided by RFA Tidesurge and RFA Tidespring, permitting the Provider Strike Group to stay at sea for prolonged intervals of time.

Train Steadfast Defender would be the largest NATO Train in many years. NATO will exhibit the employment of forces throughout a number of areas and in a number of domains (maritime, land, air, house and cyber).

The huge scale of this train will happen over a number of months and over 1000’s of kilometres, and can contain tens-of-thousands of Allied troops from virtually each NATO Ally. As well as, a wide range of nationwide coaching manoeuvres will probably be built-in into the general train idea.

Seen from the entrance – HMS Prince of Wales;
Row 2 (L-R) – HMS Portland, RFA Tidesurge, HMCS Charlottetown;
Row 3 (L-R) – SNS Cristόbal Colόn, RFA Tidespring, HMDS Niels Juel.

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