AN amphibious landing by Royal Marines at Castlemartin range will form part of a 10,000-strong 13-country joint military operation running up to April 11.

More than 10,000 military personnel, 35 warships, five submarines and 59 aircraft and helicopters from 13 countries will take part in Exercise Joint Warrior, running up to April 11.

Joint Warrior will take place across the UK, including the amphibious landings by Royal Marines at the MOD’s Castlemartin range.

The aim of Joint Warrior is to allow the UK’s Royal Navy, Army, Royal Air Force and allies to conduct joint operations involving different forces and units and against a range of current and future threats.

Although run by the UK, Joint Warrior is closely aligned to NATO training aims and is included in the NATO exercise programme.

Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson MP said: “The UK military is a partner of choice for its major international allies and a resolute force for peace around the world. The UK will not waver in continuing to work with its allies to protect our mutual interests.

“Led by the UK, Joint Warrior allows key NATO allies to tackle complex warfare scenarios to ensure that the international community stands fit and ready to work to face any threat together.

The allies and partner nations will deploy 10,300 armed forces personnel (at sea 6,500 personnel, land 3,000 personnel and air 800 personnel).