More than half a dozen warships are to dock in the River Clyde next week as part of a major multinational military exercise.

Eleven nations are to take part in Joint Warrior, one of the largest military exercises of its kind in Europe, between October 4-15.

It will see 28 warships, two submarines, 81 aircraft and more than 6000 military personnel attend military ranges across the country, and to maritime exercise areas off the East, West and North Coasts of Scotland.

Eight frigates from Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France and Portugal will arrive at King George V Docks in Glasgow between September 30 and October 4.

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Aircraft will be spotted in the north at RAF Lossiemouth, the west at Prestwick Airport and also at Stornoway Airport.

In the two-week exercise, the Royal Navy say scenarios will "mirror a broad range of crisis and conflict situations which could realistically be experienced in real-world operations".

They say participants will be "faced with a period of increasing political and military tensions", and carry out tasks including intelligence gathering, anti-smuggling and counter-terrorism operations, humanitarian assistance and evacuation operations.