Iwo Jima Returns to Mayport

December 6, 2018 – USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7), flagship of the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group (ARG), returned to her homeport of Mayport, Florida, Dec. 4, after operating for nine weeks in the northern Atlantic Ocean. Iwo Jima went underway following a six-month deployment to participate in Trident Juncture 2018, a NATO-led exercise designed to certify NATO response forces and develop interoperability among participating NATO allied and partner nations. “This was an outstanding experience for the Navy and Marine Corps team on board,” said Capt. Joseph O’Brien, Iwo Jima’s…

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SNMCMG1 countermines 2 WWII mines during Trident Juncture

October 31, 2018 – Standing NATO Mine Counter Measures Group One (SNMCMG1) under the command of Commander Peter RAMBOER of the Belgian Navy located and destroyed two mines from World War II while conducting training as a part of Trident Juncture 2018. While the group was practicing clearing sea routes for an amphibious assault the Norwegian minehunter KNM Maaloey detected two historical mines. After inspection with a remote under water vehicle they were identified as British airdropped mines from World War II. Norwegian authorities granted permission to destroy the historical…

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Royal Navy Minehunters at Trident Juncture 2018

November 2, 2018 – Royal Navy minehunters have entered the Norwegian Fjords to bring their expertise to the sizable NATO exercise in the region. HMS Cattistock, HMS Hurworth, HMS Grimsby and HMS Ramsey recently navigated across the North Sea and have now arrived in the town of Molde, Norway, to throw their weight behind Exercise Trident Juncture. multinational operation – the largest NATO exercise in 30 years – is heating up in the waters of the icy north and now the four British warships have begun mine clearance missions. “This…

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U.S. Forces Ready for NATO Exercise Trident Juncture 18

October 22, 2018 – More than 14,000 U.S. service members from the U.S. Army, Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps will take part in Exercise Trident Juncture 18, which begins Oct. 25, 2018. The month-long exercise will take place in Norway and the surrounding areas of the North Atlantic and the Baltic Sea, including Iceland and the airspace of Finland and Sweden. The exercise will include a live portion, from Oct. 25-Nov. 7 and a command post exercise from Nov. 14-23. Trident Juncture 18 is designed to test NATO’s ability…

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NATO Allies Meet for Trident Juncture 18 Pre-Sail Conference

October 22, 2018 – NATO allies gathered together in Reykjavik, Iceland for a Naval Striking and Support Forces NATO pre-sail conference in support of NATO-led exercise Trident Juncture 18 Oct. 20. The purpose of the conference was for all participating nations to finalize schedule components, greater understanding of the exercise overview and for senior leaders to meet their foreign colleagues face-to-face. Exercise Trident Juncture 18 will take place in Norway, Sweden, and Finland beginning this month, with expected participation of more than 50,000 troops from more than 30 NATO member…

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Due to Lack of Ships, Royal Navy Deploys Survey Ship for Trident Juncture 18

October 22, 2018 – Royal Navy warships are making their way to Norway for one of NATO’s biggest exercises in recent years. Type 23 frigates HMS Northumberland and Westminster were joining minehunters Cattistock, Hurworth, Grimsby and Ramsey, along with survey ship Enterprise and a fleet diving unit, for Trident Juncture 18. X-Ray Company from 45 Commando, based in Arbroath, are also embedded in the amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima. Around 150 aircraft, including a Merlin Mk2 from 814 NAS aboard Northumberland, 65 vessels and up to 10,000 vehicles are…

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US Marines land in Iceland in initial phase of exercise Trident Juncture

October 17, 2018 – Around 90 US Marines from the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit landed at Keflavík on Wednesday (17 October 2018), marking the initial phase of NATO’s Exercise Trident Juncture 2018 in Iceland. The main phase of Trident Juncture will start in Norway on October 25. Arriving by MV-22 Osprey and CH-53 Sea Stallion helicopters from the USS Iwo Jima, the Marines practised securing the airfield and key infrastructure, in cooperation with the Icelandic Police. The US Navy has also deployed two cutting-edge P-8A Poseidon aircraft to Keflavík from…

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Johan de Witt Deploys for Trident Juncture 2018

October 17, 2018 (Google Translation) – An increasing number of Dutch military personnel are moving to Norway for the Trident Juncture exercise. This afternoon HNLMS Johan de Witt from the naval port in Den Helder. The amphibious transport ship takes hundreds of soldiers and dozens of vehicles to the largest NATO exercise since the Cold War. Dutch participates with 2,200 soldiers, 4 ships, 2 helicopters, a tanker plane and hundreds of combat and supporting vehicles. NATO exercises defense territory Exercise Trident Juncture is one that makes an impression. This year,…

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NATO: The Navy in Exercise Trident Juncture

October 15, 2018 (Google Translation) – From October 25 to November 7, 2018, Exercise Trident Juncture 2018 will be held. It will be held in the North Atlantic, Iceland and Norway which is the host nation. The 29 NATO countries, Finland and Sweden will take part. In total, more than 45,000 men, 10,000 vehicles, 150 aircraft and 70 combat vessels will be deployed, under the direction of Admiral James G. Foggo commanding the Joint Forces Command Naples. The subject of the exercise is a military intervention under Article 5 of…

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Harry S Truman Departs Portsmouth

October 11, 2018 – USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) is heading back out to the North Atlantic after completing a four-day port visit in Portsmouth, England, Oct. 06-10. “Our Sailors were overwhelmed by the welcome we received across this beautiful isle,” said Commanding Officer Capt. Nick Dienna USN. “This visit was a phenomenal way to build on the long-standing partnership we have with our Royal Navy counterparts, as well as to forge new friendships with our gracious British hosts.” Having previously operated across the northern waters of both Second…

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First load of military equipment for Exercise Trident Juncture 2018 arrives in Norway

August 24, 2018 – Vehicles and equipment for NATO’s largest military exercise in recent years have arrived from Italy to Norway this week. This is the first batch of equipment arriving for the exercise, which will take place in late October and early November. The equipment belongs to the Italian armoured brigade Ariete. The Italian Armed Forces will participate in Trident Juncture 2018 with some 1,200 troops, making Italy one of the main contributors to the exercise. Bringing together more than 40,000 troops and equipment from more than 30 countries…

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