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U.S. and NATO prepare to largest military exercise since 2002

45 thousand militaries in Norway supported by aircraft and navy will learn to reflect the attack of one of the countries of the Alliance
14:18, 7 October 2018

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Strategic NATO exercises Trident Juncture 2018 to take place in Norway from October 25 through November 7, ABC News report. All types of armed forces, 45 thousand militaries, 10 thousand vehicles, 150 units of aircraft, and 60 ships from 31 countries will be involved.  

Related: Russia prepares large-scale military drills in Crimea

The Trident Juncture 2018 will become a simulation of repelling an attack on one of the countries of the Alliance. The experts believe that, first and foremost, this is a signal for Russia. Western countries attempt to convince Moscow that NATO is a defensive alliance that protects its members, so it’s useless to attack a power within it. Lithuania, Estonia, and Latvia are most concerned about Russian aggression.  

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James Foggo, the top U.S. admiral in Europe and the commander of Allied Joint Forces Command Naples, noted that Russia no longer holds the naval capabilities it once did during the Cold War, downplaying the sophistication of its surface fleet. But he did warn about Russia's advancements in submarine warfare. 

The admiral told reporters that Russia has six Kilo hybrid-class submarines operating in the Black Sea and eastern Mediterranean armed with Kalibr cruise missiles capable of hitting any European capital. 

Related: U.S. Air Force aircraft arrived in Ukraine for Clear Sky 2018 exercise

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