TRIDENT JUNCTURE 2018:
Trident Juncture 18, abbreviated TRJE18, is a NATO-led military exercise to be held in Norway in October and November 2018.
The exercise will be the largest of its kind in Norway since the 1980s.
An expected 45,000 participants from over 30 nations will take part, including 10,000 vehicles, 150 aircraft and 60 vessels.
The exercise will mainly take place in central and eastern parts of Norway, and air and sea areas in Norway, Sweden and Finland.
The main goals of Trident Juncture is to train the NATO Response Force and to test the alliance’s defence capability.
For Norway, the exercise will test the country’s ability to receive and handle allied support.
The first edition was held in Portugal and Spain in 2015.
NATO also decided to conduct a second Trident Juncture, planned to be held in 2018.
Trident Juncture 18 will consist of three main parts: a phase of deployment lasting from August to October, a live field exercise from 25 October to 7 November and ultimately a command post exercise from 13 to 24 November 2018.
Trident Juncture will test NATO’s ability to train and operate together, also in the northern parts of the NATO area. It will also test the Alliance’s ability to operate in cold weather and difficult terrain.
For Norway, the exercise will test the country’s ability to receive and handle large amounts of troops, materiel and military equipment. This will also test Norway’s total defence concept – the country’s total military and civilian resources to be used in preventing and handling crisis and conflicts.
NATO has invited Russian observers to monitor the upcoming Trident Juncture drills in Norway that will simulate NATO’s collective response to an armed attack against its member country, its Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg told a news conference ahead of the meetings of the NATO Defense Ministers in Brussels on October 3-4.
“All members of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe, including Russia, have been invited to send observers,” Stoltenberg said.