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Trident Juncture

No state can confront today's challenges alone. Exercises such as Trident Juncture allow the U.S. to work with allies and partner nations and refine the processes in preparation for real-world events. U.S. Army Europe is uniquely positioned in its 51 country area of responsibility to advance American strategic interests in Europe and Eurasia. The relationships built during more than 1,000 theater security cooperation events in more than 40 countries each year lead directly to support for multinational contingency operations around the world, strengthen regional partnerships and enhance global security.

Trident Juncture 15

Trident Juncture 15

NATO launched its largest military exercise in more than a decade on October 19, 2015, with the United States and its allies increasingly concerned about Russian military moves and growing instability in the Middle East. Trident Juncture , which boasted more approximately 36,000 participants from more than 30 nations, is being conducted primarily in Spain, Portugal, and Italy with additional activities in Belgium, Canada, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway, as well as maritime operations in the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea.

In addition to being part of today's training and Exercise Trident Juncture, the 3rd Infantry Division currently served as the regionally allocated force to U.S. Army Europe. This unique force asset was one of the five pillars of U.S. Army Europe, which directly affects the commanding general's overall objective of making the 30,000 Soldiers in Europe look and feel like 300,000.

Trident Juncture 16 was NATO's most ambitious land, sea and air exercise in more than a decade. Involving 36,000 troops from 30 Allied and Partner Nations, units from all contributing countries have been preparing with drills. Trident Juncture will help NATO demonstrate its capable of responding to threats from any direction, east or south. The exercise is aimed at training the troops of the NATO Response Force and other Allied forces, to increase their readiness and to make sure they can work seamlessly together. Trident Juncture also involves NATO partners such as Ukraine, Sweden and Finland. The exercise will train NATO's ability to work with international organisations and non-Governmental organisations.

In Estonia, the Army's Scouts Battalion practices storming buildings and firing at targets just outside the Estonian town of Voru. During a break Sergeant Indrek Kangur talks about what he hopes to get out of the exercise.

In Plymouth on the south coast of England, an elite fighting force the Royal Marines, use boats, helicopters and amphibious vehicles to storm a beach in a show of force. Commodore Martin Connell, Commander, Amphibious Task Group says the Trident Juncture exercise is a 'real valuable opportunity for NATO'.

Demonstrating Alliance cooperation, a Danish infantry unit practice manoeuvres in armoured vehicles and engage in simulated attack, while hosted by Latvia, just outside of Riga, in Adazi military base.

Finally, in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea, the German Frigate Hamburg practices being under attack by multiple air, land and sea threats. Operations Officer Alexander Mummert realised that in Trident Juncture, the complexity of the scenario will be greatly heightened.

NATO Deputy Secretary-General Alexander Vershbow said the Trident Juncture exercise will demonstrate that NATO "can deal with everything from conventional military engagements to more subtle hybrid warfare techniques and propaganda." Vershbow was speaking at the opening ceremony in the Sicilian city of Trapani on October 19.

Vershbow said the geopolitical situation is now much more unstable than it was when the last such large-scale exercises were held during the Cold War. He cited Russia's annexation of Crimea, support of separatists in eastern Ukraine and attacks against moderate rebels in Syria, as well as the infiltration of terror groups into Libya and Syria.

TRIDENT JUNCTURE 15 (TRJE 15), is a computer-assisted, command post exercise (CAX/CPX) followed by a two-week live exercise (LIVEX). Directed by German Army Major General Reinhard Wolski, Commander Joint Warfare Centre (JWC), the CAX/CPX portion of the exercise is based on the fictitious training scenario SOROTAN.

SOROTAN sets forth a wide range of conventional and unconventional threats within a whole-of-government context in order to challenge NATO at the tactical, operational and strategic levels of warfare. The lines of effort are to protect and defend Lakuta (the weaker state) against Kamon

The name SOROTAN is made up of the two words sr (Norwegian for south) and OTAN (French for NATO). The scenario describes a very unstable region, dubbed as Cerasia, which is under mounting political, military and civil pressure. The rapidly evolving regional conflict poses complex challenges for NATO and its partners.

The nearly 4,000-page scenario was developed in the spirit of contemporary political science, introducing complex transnational and multi-layered security dimensions of eleven different countries. The catalyst for conflict in the Cerasia region is water, or rather the lack of it. With desertification, dry aquifers, riparian disputes and an ever-diminishing resource, Kamon, the aggressor country in the region, invades southwards in order to seize a key dam in Lakuta and force unwilling parties into water rights negotiations.

As the resource-driven conflict takes hold of Cerasia, the holistic relationship between military and international partners gains paramount importance, highlighting trust and improved cooperation. In addition to this whole-of-government focus, the scenario also includes a hostile information environment that is capable of turning the tide in the conflict, making strong Strategic Communications one of the top exercise Training Objectives.

Overall, SOROTAN is designed with the necessary depth, flexibility and strategic and operationally challenging dilemmas to provide a unique training opportunity to the Training Audience, focusing on stability and Crisis Response Operations in a simulated, austere environment, and, at the same time, incorporating conventional as well as unconventional threats.

Trident Juncture 2018

Trident Juncture 2018About 50,000 NATO personnel from 31 NATO and partner countries moved into action 25 October 2018 at the start of NATO Exercise TRIDENT JUNCTURE 18 (TRJE18), its largest drills since the end of the Cold War. The main exercise was scheduled for Oct. 25 to Nov. 7 in and around Norway with a preliminary exercise in the waters off Iceland Oct. 15-17.

The massive exercise takes place in and around Norway and involves about 65 ships, 250 aircraft and 10,000 vehicles. The main phase of the exercise Trident Juncture -- involving military forces from all 29 NATO allies, plus partners Finland and Sweden, and stretching from the North Atlantic to the Baltic Sea -- began in Norway on October 25 and was scheduled to run for two weeks.

The core of the exercise is the NATO Response Force. The exercise will serve to qualify the force as combat ready. Within this exercise we will have the 5,000-person Spearhead Force -- the Very High Readiness Joint Task Force exercising in Norway, the NATO commander of the exercise, Navy Adm. James G. Foggo III, said. Foggo is the commander of NATOs Joint Force Command based in Naples, Italy. Hes also commander of U.S. Naval Forces Europe and Africa. NATOs Command Senior Enlisted Leader for Allied Command Operations, Command Sgt. Maj. Davor Petek, told VOA in an exclusive interview that the large-scaled defensive games send a very simple message. He said We are ready, and we are capable to meet any possible security threat coming to our NATO borders. Nobodys willing to mess with an alliance that has so much potential, so much capability.

The exercise came with Russia and the West still bitterly divided over Russias illegal annexation of Ukraines Crimea peninsula, with some NATO countries worried Moscow may try to encroach on their sovereign land.

In drills, NATO soldiers are in place to practice the defense of Norway against the fictional land of Murinius. Trident Juncture is being accompanied by the US air drill Northern Screen involving 1,000 US soldiers in Troms County. The nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman was also part of the drill.

Trident Juncture was one of the numerous factors increasing the tensions between Norway and Russia. Hundreds of US soldiers stationed at several bases across Norway and extensive NATO exercises have triggered condemnation from the Russian authorities. Russia (and many Norwegian politicians as well) believed Norway is violating its self-imposed ban from 1949 on having foreign bases on Norwegian soil.

Ahead of the drill, protests featuring a number of organizations, NGOs and political parties were held in several Norwegian cities. Geir Hem, one of the leaders in Oslo against the NATO exercise Trident Juncture, called the drill a "lesson in subordination," suggesting it merely emphasized the role of the US.

Approximately 300 Marines from units all across II Marine Expeditionary Force arrived at Vaernes Air Station, Norway, from Camp Lejeune, N.C., on Oct. 3, 2018, in order to participate in Exercise Trident Juncture 2018. Trident Juncture 18 enhances the U.S. and NATO Allies' abilities to work together collectively to conduct military operations under challenging conditions.

Trident Juncture is billed as a defensive exercise, ensuring allies' ability to come to Norway's rescue if NATO's Article 5 is triggered. The drill is taking place between October 25 and November 7, with 50,000 soldiers from 31 nations, 250 aircraft, 65 vessels and over 10,000 vehicles. The Americans are the largest contingent with 18,500 soldiers, which is more than Norway's entire Armed Forces during peacetime.

The NATO commander of TRJE-18, Admiral James G. Foggo III, stated Trident Juncture will show the world that NATO is relevant, united and ready to defend itself in this Article 5 scenario, testing our collective defense During the exercise, participants conducted military maneuvers including amphibious operations, defensive tactics, and multiple combat support functions. Throughout the exercise, efforts were made to inform regional and international audiences of exercise successes and reinforce the values of the Alliance.

From the Russian perspective, the exercise-related visuals were striking. Numerous nations and thousands of personnel converged in a border nation and conduct defensive operations. While NATO and Western media releases highlighted successful integration of collective NATO capabilities, Russia could easily interpret the exercise as evidence of aggressive tendencies within the alliance. Western narratives combined with the proximity of the large-scale exercise near the Russian border elicited Russian responses. The Kremlin viewed Russias response as necessary to counter NATO and Western influence in its Near - and Far - Abroad (Former Soviet Union and Warsaw Pact respectively), while also servicing the Russian image of strength and dominance.

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