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170316trjr400NATO demonstrated its commitment to enhance its responsiveness to complex threats by successfully completing the Trident Jaguar 2017 Exercise.

More than 1,000 people were involved in the execution phase of Trident Jaguar 2017, principally located in Novo Selo Training Area, Bulgaria, and Stavanger, Norway.

The Exercise ranged from the realm of cyber security to counterterrorism and chemical, biological and radiological threats by compiling exercise scenarios, delivering a comprehensive set of challenges and dilemmas, and triggering military, political and diplomatic solutions. The Exercise was planned for two years and culminated in nine days of rigorous training.

A key objective of the Exercise was to evaluate and certify the Rapid Reaction Corps France to become a part of the NATO Force Structure Standby Forces for 2017-2018. A standby force means that from summer 2017 to summer 2018, this Headquarters is ready to be engaged to plan and conduct a joint real operation - especially as a crisis response.

Exercises such as Trident Jaguar 2017 are held regularly in order ensure that NATO has significant capacity to react to a crisis and restore security and stability. They also serve to increase the cooperation with countries and organizations outside NATO, which are potential partners for real operations, and demonstrate NATO’s commitment to Collective Defence.

The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia*, Montenegro, Australia and Jordan participated in the Exercise, as well as the European Union, through their European External Action Service.

During the Distinguished Visitors Day, organised to inform national leaders and members of the media on the scope of the Exercise, the President of Bulgaria along with several other national authorities visited the training area.

Admiral Manfred Nielson, Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Transformation, addressed the Distinguished Visitors audience stating, "NATO is always ready to deploy military assets when and where needed, and Trident Jaguar 2017 demonstrates this high readiness again."

The Exercise was directed by the Joint Warfare Centre in Stavanger, Norway, NATO’s premier collective training and exercise facility responsible for delivering realistic and demanding training, and sponsored by NATO Headquarters in Brussels and NATO's Allied Command Transformation in Norfolk, Virginia.

*Turkey recognises the Republic of Macedonia with its constitutional name.

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