FOUR Royal Navy warships are leaving the city today to take part in war games.
HMS Illustrious, Diamond, Richmond and Westminster will join up with two other Portsmouth ships, HMS Hurworth and Brocklesby, and head for the east coast of Scotland.
There they will take part in Exercise Joint Warrior, alongside ships and aircraft from the Netherlands, Canada, France, Denmark, Belgium, Norway, Poland, Sweden and Germany.
The Royal Navy is leading the exercise, which is NATO’S largest ever.
Commodore Paddy McAlpine, the Royal Navy’s Commander UK Task Group, said: ‘During Joint Warrior we will practise fighting at sea as well as fighting from the sea.
‘We’ll practise against a demanding air, surface and submarine threat, entering a hostile environment and then deliver our landing force of Royal and Dutch Marines to the right area.
‘Exercises such as Joint Warrior provide us with the scale, diversity and pace we need to maintain our capability as the naval contingency element of the Response Force Task Group.’
The Response Force Task Group exists to respond at a moment’s notice to world events.