Norfolk, VA – The live exercise portion of Trident Juncture, NATO’s largest exercise since the Cold War, concluded on Nov. 7 following a formal ceremony at Værnes airport in Norway.
With around 50,000 participants, 250 aircraft, 65 ships and up to 10,000 vehicles from 31 nations, NATO's exercise Trident Juncture 18 is NATO’s largest high visibility exercise in decades, with Norway and Iceland serving as host nations. Over 20,000 land forces, 24,000 navy personnel, including US Marines, 3,500 air personnel, around 1,000 logistics specialists and 1,300 personnel from a range of NATO commands have participated in the live portion of the exercise.
Trident Juncture is designed to ensure that NATO forces are trained and ready. It has been an important test, and a tremendous display of NATO's collective capabilities.
In addition to the maritime and land training events, Trident Juncture also provided an environment for the testing, refinement and further development of existing or new capabilities. Approximately 250 personnel from NATO’s Allied Command Transformation, JALLC, JWC and JFTC were able to integrate experiments from NATO entities and nations, allowing NATO to seek the best experimental results without putting the exercise objectives at risk. NATO’s Allied Command Operation’s Operational Experimentation Branch coordinated over 20 experiment activities within Trident Juncture ranging from discovery to validation.
Allied Command Transformation was strongly involved in various planning and execution phases of the exercise. First, the command schedules the exercise, oversees the exercise planning and execution, ensures that it is adequately resourced and meets the stated requirements, and validates exercise results. Second, the command documents lessons learned by using subject matter experts to advise and assist the lessons learned process at several exercise locations. Third, Allied Command Transformation is the champion of innovation for the Alliance using Trident Juncture as a platform of innovation.
For more information about NATO’s Trident Juncture experiments, click here.
If you are interested in facts, figures and more details on Exercise Trident Juncture 18, you can find them here.
For audiovisual content from the exercise (photos, videos, B-roll), click here.