- The first shipload of equipment for NATO exercise ‘Trident Juncture’, to be held in Norway in October-November, has arrived in Norway
- During the exercise, more than 30 nations will practice NATO Article 5 collective defence and Norway will test its total defence concept
Equipment has begun arriving in Norway for NATO exercise ‘Trident Juncture’, the country's armed forces announced on their website on 20 August.
The equipment arrived on the Italian roll-on/roll-off ship Capucine , which was unloaded by Norwegian Home Guard and Norwegian Defence Logistics Organisation personnel, who prepared its onward movement to the exercise areas.
Lieutenant Colonel John Arvid Svindland, commander of the Norwegian Home Guard's 11th District, said his soldiers are also in charge of force protection and the safety of vehicles and materiel.
Lieutenant General Rune Jakobsen, chief of the Norwegian Armed Forces' Joint Headquarters, described 'Trident Junction' as “vital for Norway's defence capability”, providing “valuable training along with our allies. But equally important is to test our ability to receive reinforcements from NATO,”he added.
'Trident Juncture' will also test and exercise Norway's total defence concept: the country's collective military and civilian effort during a crisis or war. The Home Guard is in charge of dialogue between civilian and military departments. Lt Col Svindland said planning for civil-military co-operation during 'Trident Juncture 18' began more than two years ago.
The exercise will involve 40,000 troops, 130 aircraft, and 70 vessels from all 29 NATO nations, plus Finland and Sweden, in a NATO Article 5 collective defence scenario under the command of the alliance's Joint Force Command Naples, US Navy Admiral James G Foggo.
Germany will be one of the largest contributers, with 8,000 troops and more than 2,000 vehicles, including 100 tanks, German media have reported.
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