NATO in the Far North

Exercise Report

Geopolitical changes, military expansion from potential rivals and a decline in traditional large-scale exercises: these were just some of the reasons why Trident Juncture 2018 was the largest collective defence exercise by NATO forces since the end of the Cold War.

Trident Juncture 2018

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1. Luftwaffe A400M 54+16 arrives at Oslo Airport, Gardermoen on October 9 transporting participating soldiers.
Allied Joint Force Command Naples
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2. Royal Netherlands Air Force AS532U2 S-419 heads to the beach after departing from an assault ship during the media event at Bynese.
Kees Otten and Wim Das
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3. Italian and US Air Force personnel at work within a NATO Deployable Air Control Centre – Recognized Air Picture Production Centre – Sensor Fusion Post (DARS). The DARS provides mobile radar and control capabilities to conduct air surveillance and aircraft management.

It’s clear that the alliance sees a renewed requirement to demonstrate its military potency in Europe. As well as training NATO’s own members, a high-visibility live exercise (LIVEX) also sends a clear message to would-be adversaries. The highest level of activity during Trident Juncture 2018 (TRJE18) was recorded between October 25 and November 7 and it’s no coincidence that Russian military observers were invited.

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