As Trident Juncture military exercise is in full swing, NATO armed formations trained in specific conditions of the Norwegian coastline. The troops apparently practiced in performing defensive maneuvers in the area of Trondheim.
'The military demonstration at a wind-blown waterfront site near Trondheim was part of the massive, two-week Trident Juncture exercise and displayed the allies’ combined firepower to NATO dignitaries, foreign observers and the international media. Military officials have stated that the exercise is not targeting any one country. But the fictitious scenario involves repelling a 'near-peer' threat in Europe. NATO has been reassuring its allies in Eastern Europe against potential threats posed by Russia, whose military has grown more assertive since it annexed Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula in 2014,' reads the story by Stars and Stripes.
'Last week, Moscow informed NATO that it plans to conduct a missile test in the North Atlantic, in the vicinity of where much of Trident Juncture is taking place. That announcement comes following Russia’s largest war games since the 1980s, together with China and Mongolia, as part of the Vostok-18 drills in eastern Siberia and the Far East in September,' the outlet wrote.
As we reported, NATO strategic drills “Trident Juncture 2018” begun in Norway on October 26. It will one of the largest military exercise held by the alliance after the Cold War. 50,000 soldiers, 10 vehicles, 250 aircraft and 65 vessels from 31 countries participate in the drills. Besides the NATO countries, Finland, Sweden and Ukraine also take part in the exercises.
The main goal of the drills is to check and test the Very High Readiness Joint Task Force and other follow-on forces. It should urgently respond to the threat posed to the allies’ countries-members. The Task Force was established in 2014 after the annexation of Crimea by Russia.