Initial Exercise News Release Trident Juncture 2015

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15 JUL 2015
Brunssum, the Netherlands – NATO, Partner Nations and International Organisations (IOs) will participate in Exercise Trident Juncture 2015 in Italy, Portugal and Spain, from 03 October to 06 November 2015. The event, a flagship activity for NATO’s Connected Forces Initiative (CFI) and the largest exercise conducted by the Alliance since 2002, will have two parts:
– Command Post Exercise (CPX) for Strategic and Operational level staff training,
evaluation and certification (3-16 October), which will include participants from the
European Union (EU) and African Union (AU);
– Live Exercise (LIVEX) for Tactical level troops engagements (21 October – 06
Exercise Trident Juncture 2015 will mark the climax of a series of dynamic and demanding training events designed to train and test troops and Commanders, including those from the NATO Response Force (NRF).

“The purpose of the Exercise is to train and test the NATO Response Force, a highly ready and technologically advanced multinational force comprising land, air, maritime and Special Forces components,” said General Hans Lothar Domröse, the Commander of Joint Force Command Brunssum. “Enhancing our response forces is a key part of NATO’s overall effort to adapt to emerging security challenges. Trident Juncture 2015 has been designed to ensure that our concepts and procedures will work in the event of a real crisis because our job is to always be prepared to defend the people, territory, and values of this Alliance” he added.

The exercise which involves 36,000 personnel from more than 30 Allied and Partner Nations, will take place throughout Italy, Portugal, Spain, the Atlantic Ocean, the Mediterranean Sea and also Canada, Norway, Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands. Trident Juncture 2015 will demonstrate NATO’s new increased level of ambition in joint modern warfare and will show-case a capable, forward-leading Alliance equipped with the appropriate capability and capacity to meet present and future security challenges. More than 12 major International Organizations, aid agencies and non-governmental organisations, such as the EU and AU will also participate in the exercise, demonstrating NATO’s commitment and contribution to a comprehensive approach.

As the culminating event for units, military and civilian staff belonging to more than 30 participating Nations, Trident Juncture 2015 will provide an opportunity for them to refine their operational capabilities. Air, Land, Maritime, and Special Forces will participate simultaneously in several locations and from different Headquarters to train in a complex environment to improve Alliance’s full spectrum capabilities.

At the conclusion of Trident Juncture 2015, the Headquarters Staff from Joint Force Command Brunssum will be officially certified to lead the NATO Response Force, if activated, throughout 2016.

Note to Editors:

A NATO Exercise Media Information Centre will be established in Zaragoza (ESP) from 29 September until 08 November 2015.

The detailed Media Programme will be available in the course of September. Dates for the applications to be sent will be communicated at the beginning of the same month. The Distinguished Visitors Days are planned on the 19th of October in Trapani (Italy), on the 4th of November in Zaragoza (Spain) and on the 5thof November in Troia (Portugal).

Source: NATO


L. J. De Rothschild

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