A total of 30 countries will send some 35,000 soldiers, more than 120 aircraft, 70 ships and 10,000 vehicles to the largest-ever drills held by NATO in Norway, sources in the military alliance have announced.
This fall, North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) will be leading the most significant military exercise across the entire country of Norway since the Cold War. Initial reports from Verdens Gang, indicate about 35,000 military personnel from 30 different countries are expected to attend the Trident Juncture NATO drill.
“This will be a very big and important exercise that will affect many,” said Frank Sølvsberg, spokesperson for Trident Juncture, the NATO exercise is scheduled for October 25 through November 7.
“With several months left for the exercise, all the numbers are still highly uncertain, but it starts to take a picture,” he added.
Verdens Gang provides a map detailing plans for the upcoming military exercise.
“Norway is a small country, just like Sweden, and dependent on other states in the event of a major war. This means that one must practice receiving large numbers of troops from other countries. In Norway, there is also a huge amount of ammunition and equipment for the American Navy Corps, “said Mike Winnerstig, a security analyst at the Total Defense Research Institute (FOI).
NATO Trident Juncture Bigger Than Ordinary Military Exercises.
“This will be a very big and important exercise that will affect many,” said Solvsberg about the Trident Juncture, which takes place every three years and was last held in the Mediterranean around Italy, Spain and Portugal.
Verdens Gang confirms over a hundred municipalities across the country will be “affected directly or indirectly” with nonmilitary and military traffic.
“It is not finally quantified how many municipalities are affected directly or indirectly, but more than 100 municipalities can be the place of practice on the ground and/or military traffic,” said Sølvsberg.
Sølvsberg tells Verdens Gang that “Hedmark, Oppland, Trøndelag and Møre og Romsdal are the counties” where the main parts of the exercises will be held.
“In addition, Østfold, Akershus and Oslo will notice the exercise, especially traffic,” says Sølvsberg.
Sølvsberg states that Trident Juncture is three times larger than any other prior military drill conducted in Norway.
Preparations will get underway as early as August while the main part of the drills will come between October 25 and November 7.
“It sets even higher demands for good planning, where we and NATO speak with affected bodies and the rest of the total defense. NATO has already been on several inspections in Norway”, he said.
According to Admiral James G. Foggo, III, United States Navy admiral who currently serves as commander of U.S. Naval Forces Europe, the exercise is planned every three years.
“It’s an amazing training opportunity for all involved parties. I think it also sends a clear message to others who will threaten the alliance.”