Sunday, 5 October 2014

Operation Joint Warrior 142

The second NATO Joint Warrior exercise of 2014 has brought participants from the participating navies to the west of Scotland once again.

After an early start on Thursday morning we were disappointed to hear that many of the ships had gone to anchor instead of berthing at Faslane naval base.

Only 3 foreign ships came into Gareloch with many hours spent waiting in vain for the anchored vessels to take shelter in the base.

Only 2 ships headed for Glasgow, with KDM Peter Willemoes going up on Friday morning to join fellow Danish ship HDMS Hvidbjørnen which arrived the previous day.

With news over the weekend of impending bad weather, the departures were delayed from the usual Sunday till Monday, meaning I would not be around for them sailing.

After hearing on Sunday of the American oiler planning to leave ahead of the remainder of the ships, we headed for Cumbrae to catch her sailing down the Firth of Clyde from Loch Striven.

USS Vicksburg is the first arrival in Gareloch
The crew are all presented on deck
USS Vicksburg making her way to Faslane
USS Jason Dunham, an Arleigh Burke class destroyer is the next visitor
Looking forward to getting into port
Royal Navy minehunter HMS Blyth being followed by SD Eva, a SERCO personnel carrier
Spanish frigate SPS Cristobal Colon arriving on Thursday afternoon
SPS Cristobal Colon
KDM Peter Willemoes, an Iver Huitfeldt class frigate of the Royal Danish Navy passing Greenock on Friday
KDM Peter Willemoes heading to Glasgow
US support oiler USNS Kanawha
USNS Kanawha passing through the Cumbrae Gap

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