Exercise Formidable Shield, a US-led multinational maritime missile defence exercise has begun today off the coast of Scotland


It has been a tense week with the intensity in the exchange of words between North Korea and America growing by the day. At the UN on Saturday The North Korean foreign minister’s described Mr Trump as a “mentally deranged person full of megalomania” on a “suicide mission”.

The US president responded by saying Mr Ri and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un “won’t be around much longer” if they continue their rhetoric.

Giving the seriousness of the situation you won’t be surprised to learn that today saw the start  of US-led Exercise Formidable Shield off the West Coast of Scotland.

A Royal Navy Type 45 Destroyer and two Type 23 Frigates alongside ships and crews from Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, the Netherlands and the United States have come together to form one of the most sophisticated and complex air and missile exercises ever undertaken in the UK.

Lasting a month, allies will work together to detect, track and shoot down both anti-ship and ballistic missile targets. 13 ships will fire on 12 live missile targets over four days, improving how allies work together in an air and missile defence environment.

Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon said:

“North Korean tests have shown the danger of rogue states developing longer range missiles. By hosting this cutting-edge exercise in anti-missile defence with allied navies Britain is at the forefront of developing a more effective response to this growing threat.”

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