October 30, 2018 – From 25 October to 7 November 2018, NATO Allies are testing their ability to defend populations and territories, deter potential adversaries and work together with partners in the biggest exercise in recent years.
It is happening in the air, on land, at sea and in cyberspace with around 50.000 participants, 250 aircrafts, 65 ships and up to 10.000 vehicles. The exercise is taking place in Norway and in the surrounding areas of the North Atlantic and the Baltic Sea.
NATO’s Secretary General, Jens Stoltenberg, referred that “in recent years, Europe’s security environment has significantly deteriorated and NATO has responded with the biggest adaptation of our collective defense since the end of the Cold War. Trident Juncture demonstrates that adaptation”.
The whole exercise is under the command of Admiral Foggo from aboard the USS Mount Whitney and Portugal is participating with the “Corte-Real” frigate of the Portuguese Navy, with a crew of 200, as Anti-Surface Warfare Force Commander.