British Army Arrives in Norway for Trident Juncture
Soldiers Complete Epic Road Move Ahead of NATO Exercise
Hundreds of British Army soldiers have successfully completed an epic road move from the UK to Norway, where they will now begin training with allies ahead of NATO Exercise Trident Juncture 18.
Preparing for the Arctic Threat
Armed Forces Minister Mark Lancaster highlighted the importance of the Exercise in the face of Russian military expansion in the Far North:
With the Arctic and Far North becoming increasingly militarised, it is now more important than ever for the UK and our NATO Allies to train across a range of challenging environments. This exercise will truly test our ability to deter any aggression we may face in an era of intensifying threats.
Over the course of the next 10 days, British Army personnel will integrate with fellow soldiers from Denmark and Poland – sharing equipment, drills and personnel to form a multinational, combat-ready brigade.
British Army Will Join Danish and Polish Contingents
Once complete, British infantry and armoured reconnaissance vehicles, Danish main battle tanks and Polish armoured fighting vehicles will then conduct a week-long live exercise alongside brigades led by Germany and Italy against a fictitious invading enemy in defensive and offensive operations.
In total, there will be 2,700 UK Armed Forces personnel as well as six Royal Navy ships, 480 vehicles and Royal Air Force Hawk aircraft.
With some 150 aircraft, 40,000 participants and 10,000 vehicles, Exercise Trident Juncture is the largest collective defence exercise NATO has seen in over a decade.
Image: A column of British Army support vehicles crossing from Germany to Denmark on their way to Norway as part of Exercise Trident Juncture 18. The column took four days of driving with multiple rest stops facilited by 4th Logistic Support Regiment, Royal Logisitc Corps. Photograph by Colour Sergeant Barnes, supplied by 77th Brigade (Crown Copyright, 2018).