British Army Royal Irish Battlegroup Exercise Trident Juncture 18 Norway (Crown Copyright, 2018) [880]

#TridentJuncture 18 Underway for British Army

Royal Irish Battlegroup in Norway for Major NATO Exercise

As earlier reported on Warfare.Today, more than 1,600 soldiers and 1,000 vehicles and equipment have now completed the 2,500km journey to Norway as the opening phase of Exercise Trident Juncture.

The Royal Irish Battlegroup formed six separate columns for the road move with vehicles including the Husky, Foxhound and a range of logistical support vehicles. They completed the road move through six countries in five days.

The deployment for exercise Trident Juncture 18 marks the first time the Husky and Foxhound vehicles have been utilised alongside other NATO nations outside of a desert environment. The vehicles were resprayed green to better blend in with the Northern European landscape.

Once on location, British Army soldiers have been acclimatising to the cold conditions and training with NATO allies from Norway, Denmark and Poland building up to form a multinational, combat ready brigade commanded by the British Army’s 4th Infantry Brigade HQ.

NATO Exercise Trident Juncture 18 Map Showing Air, Land and Sea Components [edit]

NATO Exercise Trident Juncture 18 Map Showing Air, Land and Sea Components

As well as infantry and armoured reconnaissance regiments, British medical, signals, logistics and engineering teams are participating in the exercise. 32 Regiment Royal Engineers have been working with their Norwegian counterparts from the 4th Engineer Battalion of the Engineer Corps to prepare installations ahead of the live exercise.

Soldiers from the 1st Battalion, The Royal Irish Regiment (1 R IRISH), conducted Fighting in Woods and Forest (FiWAF) training before going on to the LIVEX phase of Trident Juncture, while soldiers of the 1st Battalion The Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment conducted helicopter drills with a US Army Chinook. A simulated beach assault has also already taken place.

In the main exercise phase the multinational brigade will work alongside two further brigades led by Germany and Italy to combat a fictitious invading enemy force (played by Norwegian forces) in both defensive and offensive operations. It will be the largest collective defence exercise NATO has conducted in over a decade.

Over 50,000 NATO troops from more than 30 nations are part of the exercise which takes place across land, sea and air. The exercise ensures that NATO forces are trained, able to operate together and ready to respond to any threat from any direction.

Exercise Trident Juncture continues across Norway until mid November and also involves 10,000 vehicles, 250 aircraft, and 65 ships.

Source: British Army

Image: soldiers of the Royal Irish Battlegroup in Norway for NATO’s Exercise Trident Juncture 18 (Crown Copyright, 2018).