Exercise Trident Juncture 2018

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Trident Juncture 18
Type NATO multi-lateral joint forces exercises
Location NATO Northern Region: Central and eastern Norway, North Sea, Baltic Sea
Planned by Allied Joint Force Command Naples (JFC Naples)
Objective Deployment of NATO forces, train the NATO Response Force, winter training
Date October–November 2018
Executed by Admiral James G. Foggo III, USN, Commander-in-Chief JFC Naples

Trident Juncture 18, abbreviated TRJE18, is a NATO-led military exercise to be held in Norway in October and November 2018. The exercise will be the largest of its kind in Norway since the 1980s. An expected 40,000 participants from over 30 nations will take part, including 10,000 vehicles, 130 aircraft and 70 vessels.[1] The exercise will mainly take place in central and eastern parts of Norway, and air and sea areas in Norway, Sweden and Finland. The main goals of Trident Juncture is to train the NATO Response Force and to test the alliance's defence capability. For Norway, the exercise will test the country's ability to receive and handle allied support.[2]


During the NATO summit in Wales in 2014, the alliance decided to conduct several high-profile military exercises in the coming years. Exercise Trident Juncture was one of these exercises, and the first edition was held in Portugal and Spain in 2015.[3][4] NATO also decided to conduct a second Trident Juncture, planned to be held in 2018. The Norwegian government offered to host the exercise, and NATO accepted Norway's offer in 2015.[5] The main part of the exercise will take place in central and eastern parts of Norway, in the counties of Trøndelag, Hedmark and Oppland.

The Norwegian Armed Forces have called the exercise the largest to be held in Norway since the 1980s. It will be NATO's largest exercise since 2002.[6]

The exercise[edit]

Trident Juncture 18 will consist of three main parts: a phase of deployment lasting from August to October, a live field exercise from 25 October to 7 November and ultimately a command post exercise from 13 to 24 November 2018.[7]

The deployment starts in August 2018, with personnel, equipment and military materiel arriving at 27 different points in Norway. From these arrival points, the materiel will be transported to the training areas by rail and road. An estimated total of 180 flights and 60 ship loads will transport all the exercise equipment to Norway. A total of 50 camps will be established in and around the exercise area. Half of these will have room for more than 500 people, the largest being able to house 5,500 people.

During the field exercise (LIVEX) from 25 October to 7 November the participants will start their training according to a scripted scenario. The land battle will take place in the area south of Trondheim and north of Rena Camp in Hedmark County. There will also be sea activity along the Norwegian Coast, the North Sea and limited areas in The Baltic Sea and Skagerrak. There will be air activity in the airspace over Norway, Sweden and Finland.

The command post exercise (CPX) lasts from 14 to 23 November 2018 at NATO's Joint Warfare Centre in Stavanger, Norway. This is a data simulated desk exercise to train the headquarters. This is exercise is also a certification test for Allied Joint Force Command Naples.


The exercise gathers more than 40,000 participants from NATO and partner countries Sweden and Finland. An expected 130 aircraft, 70 vessels and 10,000 vehicles are taking part.

According to the Norwegian Armed Forces, NATO and the Norwegian defence sector have signed contracts with Norwegian businesses at a total of 1.5 billion Norwegian kroner. This includes the establishment of 35,000 beds, 1.8 million meals to be served, 4.6 million bottles of water and 660,000 kilograms of laundry throughout the exercise.


Trident Juncture will test NATO's ability to train and operate together, also in the northern parts of the NATO area. It will also test the Alliance's ability to operate in cold weather and difficult terrain.[8][9]

For Norway, the exercise will test the country's ability to receive and handle large amounts of troops, materiel and military equipment. This will also test Norway's total defence concept – the country's total military and civilian resources to be used in preventing and handling crisis and conflicts. The concept means that civilian authorities like the health sector, Norwegian State Railways, Norwegian Public Roads Administration and the Norwegian Directorate for Civil Protection will support the military in hosting the allied troops during the exercise.[10]


  1. ^ Norwegian Armed Forces. "Trident Juncture 18". Forsvaret.no. Retrieved 2018-08-13. 
  2. ^ Norwegian Armed Forces (September 2018). "Facts folder about Trident Juncture" (PDF). www.forsvaret.no/en. Retrieved 2018-09-05. 
  3. ^ "Trident Juncture 2015". jfcbs.nato.int. Retrieved 2018-08-13. 
  4. ^ PAO, Inci Kucukaksoy, JWC. "JWC - NATO begins Exercise TRIDENT JUNCTURE 14". Jwc.nato.int. Retrieved 2018-08-13. 
  5. ^ Forsvarsdepartementet (4 February 2015). "NATO sier ja til stor-øvelse i Norge i 2018". Regjeringen.no. Retrieved 15 August 2018. 
  6. ^ "NATO Prepares for largest military exercise since 2002". UK Defence Journal. 2018-06-15. Retrieved 2018-08-13. 
  7. ^ "Huge NATO Exercise Planned for Oct-Nov". Warfare.today. Retrieved 2018-08-13. 
  8. ^ [1][dead link]
  9. ^ Norway to host 70 vessels, 40,000 personnel for Trident Juncture 2018
  10. ^ Norwegian Armed Forces (28 February 2018). "On track ahead of Trident Juncture". Norwegian Armed Forces. Retrieved 2018-08-13. 

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