STRIKFORNATO begins exercise Trident Juncture 2018
US Navy amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima sails near Iceland traveling to NATO exercise Trident Juncture 2018 (photo: PO(Phot) Jim Gibson, Royal Navy Reserve)
Oct 25, 2018
On board USS Mount Whitney, North Sea – STRIKFORNATO begins their
participation in the live portion of exercise Trident Juncture 2018.
Operating with a staff of more than 200 personnel on board USS Mount
Whitney, STRIKFORNATO will be one of two maritime commanders in the
NATO-flagged exercise, one of the largest in recent years.
Juncture 2018 will feature the participation of 65 ships, 250 aircraft,
10,000 vehicles, and 50,000 personnel from 31 NATO and partner nations.
The exercise aims to train the forces to be able to operate together,
and to demonstrate NATO’s collective defence capability.
the exercise, the participants will be split into "North” and "South”
forces. STRIKFORNATO will be the maritime component commander for the
North Force and will be responsible for more than 20 ships, with around
3800 personnel afloat and 5500 Marines ashore. During the exercise,
ships, aircraft, and Marines will be challenged to respond to a variety
of threats and unfamiliar scenarios.
"Trident Juncture offers us a
unique opportunity to test our ships, aircraft, and Marines in all
aspects of Naval and Amphibious Warfare. This includes live fire
training, anti-surface and anti-submarine warfare, air defence, mine
warfare, and amphibious operations. Operating in the Atlantic and
Norway, in this time of the year, offers us the possibility to train
realistically in all these warfare areas in harsh conditions. It will be
challenging, but this training will allow us to hone our skills and
ensure our forces are able to operate anytime, anywhere, against any
potential threat”, said Colonel Garth Manger UK Royal Marines,
responsible for STRIKFORNATO operations branch.
starts today, 25 October, and will run until 7 November in Norway, the
Baltic Sea and the airspaces of Finland and Sweden.