A MULTI-NATIONAL military exercise has seen a dramatic increase in military activity in the skies above Ayrshire and the seas along the west coast of Scotland over the past week.

The UK-hosted tri-service exercise Joint Warrior features warships along the coastline and Prestwick airport will also continue to play a significant part in the training exercise with an increase in military aircraft operating and visiting the airport.

The exercise will be attended by 16 nations who will take part in a range of manoeuvres over a period of two weeks.

Before the actual at sea manoeuvres start, the participating vessels pulled into ports along the west coast including Faslane Naval Base and along the Clyde.

Navies from the USA, Denmark, Norway, Canada, Germany, Turkey, Spain, Belgium and the Netherlands are taking part.

The biannual exercise Joint Warrior is linked directly with the NATO Military Training Exercise Programme and is designed, planned and delivered by the Joint Tactical Exercise Planning Staff (JTEPS) based at Northwood in London.

The exercise runs through a range of scenarios, including crisis and conflict situations, that could be realistically encountered in operations – disputed territory, terrorist activity, piracy and more.

As well as a significant amount of aircraft and surface vessels being involved, Joint Warrior is likely to be attended by one or more submarines, but their movements remain undisclosed.