The setting up of an forward operating base FOB and a forward air
refuelling point FARP at Carlisle happened to coincide with the
RNLAF exercise TAC Blaze. The exercises although similar in some
respect were nothing to do with each other.
Joint Warrior 13-1 is
the culmination of more than a year of work to develop the
Intermediate Combined Joint Expeditionary Force for contingency
operations. Headquarters staff have worked together to integrate
command and control procedures and units have carried out joint
field training in both countries. JW13-1 involves nearly 13,000
military personnel from 12 countries – including 5,250 from the UK,
more than 30 warships and over 65 aircraft and helicopters.
A joint force from 2nd Battalion The Parachute Regiment (2 PARA) and
the French 1st Parachute Chasseur Regiment and members of the 16 Air
Assault Brigade arrived overnight with the necessary equipment to
set up the site for the arrival of the rotary and fixed wing
transports that would take the ground troops to their designated
However on the morning that the air assault was to have taken place
the weather caused such a delay that the French 1st Parachute
Chasseur Regiment had to be taken by bus and the rotary section of
the assault was delayed. The French were to take Castle Kennedy
Airfield and 2 PARA was to take West Freugh followed by a rapid
landing of a C130 delivering more troops and equipment.
The 2 brigades provide their respective armies’ rapid reaction
forces and Joint Warrior exercises help to seal a closer military
co-operation between Britain and France.