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

1. Luftwaffe A400M 54+16 arrives at Oslo Airport, Gardermoen on October 9 transporting participating soldiers.
Allied Joint Force Command Naples
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
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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