Busy skyline for Moray as Joint Warrior comes around again

Joint Warrior returning to Moray

MORAY WILL BECOME a magnet for aircraft enthusiasts again over the next few weeks as RAF Lossiemouth plays host to a wide variety of visitors.

Europe’s largest military exercise, Joint Warrior, will be under way on Friday – and while much of the activity will take place on Scotland’s west coast there will be plenty to see for enthusiasts around the Moray base.

Joining the resident Typhoon jets at RAF Lossiemouth will be aircraft from the United States, Canada, France and Germany for the bi-annual event that will take place over 13 days.

Aircraft taking part will be coordinated by Joint Tactical Exercise Planning Staff (JTEPS) who will be based at HM Naval Base Clyde. Joint Warrior is vital to the UK and allies forces as it allows them to practice skills required in anti-submarine and anti-surface warfare as well as to counter smuggling and insurgency.

The input of military personnel provides a boost to the local Moray economy with hotels and guest houses helping with an accommodation overspill from the RAF base as well as individuals and groups of aircraft enthusiasts arriving in the area.