Harry S Truman Carrier Strike Group Returning Home

December 12, 2018 – Nearly 6,500 Sailors from the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group (HSTCSG) are scheduled to return to Naval Station Norfolk, Dec. 16, after completing an eight-month deployment across the 2nd, 5th and 6th Fleet areas of operation. Led by Commander, Carrier Strike Group Eight, Rear Adm. Gene Black, returning units of HSTCSG include flagship USS Harry S. Truman, commanded by Capt. Nick Dienna; the nine squadrons of Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 1; USS Normandy (CG 60); and DESRON 28’s USS Arleigh Burke (DDG 51) and USS…

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USS New York Completes Trident Juncture

November 13, 2018 – USS New York (LPD 21) completed exercise Trident Juncture 18, Nov. 7. Trident Juncture 18 was a large-scale NATO exercise that took place in Norway and the surrounding areas of the North Atlantic and Baltic Sea. New York, along with 31 allies and partner nations completed the exercise. More than 14,000 of the 40,000 participants were U.S. service members from each branch of service. Around 150 aircraft, 70 ships, and more than 10,000 vehicles were used during the exercise which served to enhance professional relationships and…

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Norway uses Exercise Trident Juncture to Strengthen Resilience

November 6, 2018 – Trident Juncture 18, NATO’s largest exercise in recent years, is also the Alliance’s first military exercise to include substantial civil preparedness elements and to practice cooperation between the military and the civilian authorities. Norway, which is hosting the exercise, is using the collective defense scenario not only to train its armed forces, but also to build up its ability to respond to a crisis of any kind. This is fully in line with the commitment that all NATO Allies have undertaken to increase national resilience, which…

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FS Bretagne in Trident Juncture

November 5, 2018 (Google Translation) – From September 24 to October 9, FREMM Brittany trained off Virginia and Canada, and made two stops in the United States before entering the “Great North” phase of its deployment that will take her to the Norwegian coast to participate in Exercise Trident Juncture 2018. The American part of its deployment was based on several anti-submarine exercises in which the FREMM – NH 90 couple confirmed its excellent performances in this field. Refueling at sea, anti-aircraft and anti-ship exercises completed these maneuvers. After crossing…

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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…

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Royal Navy ships complete NATO’s biggest exercise of 2018

November 7, 2018 – NATO’S biggest war game in years – and the largest staged in Norway in 30 years – ends today with Royal Navy participants at the tip of the spear. Seven Royal Navy ships joined warships from across the alliance in a 65-vessel force mustered at sea and in the fjords, with Royal Marines from 45 Commando on a US assault ship and Fleet Air Arm Merlin helicopters hunting submarines. The two-week workout – which stretched from Reykjavik in Iceland to Narvik in the Arctic Circle and…

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HMS Northumberland lays down some lead at NATO war games

November 5, 2018 – Before dawn in a cold, windswept Norwegian fjord, HMS Northumberland’s 4.5in main gun lights up the sky in support of NATO troops ashore. Responding to a number of fire missions requested by Viking, the call sign of the fire controller ashore, 21 high explosive shells left the barrel at more than twice the speed of sound in salvos of up to five rounds at a time. The barrage was the Devonport warship’s most overt act yet after nine days’ participation in Trident Juncture 18, NATO’s largest…

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HMS Westminster and Northumberland make most of NATO’s biggest exercise of 2018

November 5, 2018 – The crew of the tanker USNS Leroy Grumman haul in a line as they fill up two British warships simultaneously in the icy waters of the Norwegian sea. HMS Westminster and Northumberland took a break from submarine hunting with the French to take on board fuel after a challenging first few days in the far north of the Atlantic. The duo are part of a protective ring of steel around the US amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima and her British and American marines leading the…

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