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A major Nato exercise usually held twice a year in and around Scotland will be held only once this year.
Organised by the Royal Navy, Joint Warrior involves thousands of military personnel and dozens of warships and aircraft.
Usually it is held over two weeks in spring and again in autumn.
But this year the second exercise will not be held due to the UK armed forces taking part in two other major exercises.
The Royal Navy said two Joint Warrior exercises were expected to be held again in 2019.
Another exercise taking place later this year is SAIF SAREEA…
Source: BBC Highlands and Islands