USS Iwo Jima Heading Home for Christmas

November 28, 2018 – USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7), flagship of the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group (ARG), and embarked Marines from the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), departed the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations, Nov. 25, 2018. While in U.S. 6th Fleet, Iwo Jima participated in Trident Juncture 18, a NATO-led exercise designed to certify NATO response forces and develop interoperability among participating NATO ally and partner nations. The exercise ensured that NATO forces are trained and able to operate together and are ready to respond to any…

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USS Harry S. Truman Strike Group Joins NATO for Trident Juncture

October 25, 2018 – USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) and select ships from Carrier Strike Group Eight (CSG-8) joined U.S. Army, Air Force and Marine Corps service members Oct. 25 for the largest NATO exercise since 2015 – Trident Juncture 2018 (TRJE 18). The U.S.’s 14,000-strong combined force will join participants from all 29 NATO member nations, as well as partners Sweden and Finland. The Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group (HSTCSG) will send aircraft from embarked Carrier Air Wing One (CVW-1) to conduct sorties, both at-sea and on…

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Iwo Jima, Gunston Hall, New York, MAGTF Depart for Trident Juncture 18

October 5, 2018 – More than 2,000 Sailors serving aboard USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7), USS Gunston Hall (LSD 44) and USS New York (LPD 21) departed Oct. 2-3 for NATO-led exercise Trident Juncture 18. Iwo Jima and New York are homeported at Naval Station Mayport, Florida, and Gunston Hall is homeported at Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story in Virginia. The nearly 2,000 Marines with a Marine Air-Ground Task Force (MAGTF), built around the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit command element from Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, will also embark the…

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Exercise Trident Juncture 18 to demonstrate NATO’s ability to defend itself

All Allies, as well as partners Finland and Sweden, will participate in NATO’s largest military exercise in recent years, which will take place in Norway in October-November. Trident Juncture 18 will have an Article 5 (collective defence) scenario, and will be under the command of Admiral James G. Foggo, Commander of Joint Force Command Naples. At a press briefing in Brussels today (11 June), Admiral Foggo gave the media a first preview of the exercise together with Vice Admiral Ketil Olsen, Military Representative of Norway to the NATO Military Committee.…

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