FS Dixmude in Trident Juncture

November 5, 2018 (Google Translation) – The Projection and Command Building (BPC) Diksmuide arrived in the Norwegian fjords on October 26, 2018, and integrated Exercise Trident Juncture 2018, NATO’s largest exercise in the last ten years.

Diksmuide is a building designed for the action of the sea towards the earth. Particularly versatile, it covers a wide range of missions: amphibious operations, airmobiles, operational transport or health support.

During this exercise, Diksmuide operates within the amphibious group, with two Dutch vessels: the LHD (landing helicopter dock, equivalent of PCB in the US registration) Johan de Witt, and LHD Karel Doorman. During the various phases of the exercise, the amphibious means were particularly solicited. A fast amphibious landing craft and two material transport barges from Diksmuide enabled armored vehicles, troops from the 126th Infantry Regiment, the 6th Engineer Regiment and British commandos to be thrown onto the Norwegian beaches. LiveXing phase of Trident Juncture takes place from October 25th to November 7th.
The 5,200 m2 flight deck of Diksmuide also allows the simultaneous implementation of several transport helicopters (NH90) and attack (Tiger) 1st Combat Helicopter Regiment.

Exercise Trident Juncture 18, maintains the interoperability of the various nations of NATO and maintain the ability of armies to act in the particular environmental conditions of the Far North.

Trident Juncture is a joint and combined exercise that brings together NATO member countries to plan, prepare, deploy and support a Nato Response Force (NRF) as part of a major combined operation under Article 5. It aims to train and enable the certification of tactical units of the Nato Response Force (NRF), a major tool for the reactivity of the Alliance, which remains one of its key assets. France will assume the command in 2022.

This year, Trident Juncture runs from September 12 to November 27, 2018. It takes on a very special dimension since it is the largest NATO exercise in the last ten years, with more than 45,000 men, 150 aircraft, 70 ships and 10,000 vehicles engaged. The 29 NATO member countries as well as Sweden and Finland participate in the exercise.