• Last updated: 29 Oct. 2018 10:38

Trident Juncture 2018

It is happening in the air, on land, at sea and in cyberspace.

NATO Allies are testing their ability to defend our populations and territories, deter potential adversaries and work together with partners in NATO's biggest exercise in recent years.



Around 50,000 participants from NATO and partner countries


Some 250 aircraft, 65 ships, up to 10,000 vehicles


From 25 October to
7 November 2018


Parts of Norway, and the surrounding areas of the North Atlantic and the Baltic Sea


NATO forces are trained, able to operate together, and ready to respond to any threat

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Trident Juncture will show the world that NATO is relevant, united and ready to defend itself in this Article 5 scenario, testing our collective defence.

- Admiral James G. Foggo, Commander of Allied Joint Force Command Naples


The gear

Scroll through the gallery to meet some of the land, air and maritime assets participating in Trident Juncture 18.

  • The Super Puma © Courtesy Armée de Terre
    • The Super Puma The Super Puma started out as a medium-size French military utility helicopter for combat search and rescue, military logistics and troop transport. Today, it is a re-engined and more voluminous version of its predecessor and can transport up to 28 soldiers or 11 stretchers, as well as 4 health care providers. It is developed by Airbus Helicopters. The Super Puma is participating in Trident Juncture 18.

      Top speed: 277 km/h (150 knots, 172 mph)
      Range: 851 km (460 nmi)
      Length: 16.79 m (55 ft)

  • Capucine © Torbjørn Kjosvold/Forsvaret.
    • Capucine Capucine is the name of an Italian ship used to carry wheeled cargo, such as cars or trucks that are driven onto and off of the ship via special doors and ramps into the hold.

      This is the first shipload of military materiel and vehicles for NATO exercise Trident Juncture 18 that arrived in Norway in August 2018. It was unloaded by Norwegian personnel, who prepared its onward movement to the exercise areas.

  • Oseberg ship © Museum of Cultural History, University of Oslo, Norway
    • Viking Ship Do you recognise the vessel in the Trident Juncture 18 logo? It's a Viking ship, modeled after those built in Scandinavia for trade and war during the Viking Age (800–1066 A.D.). In 1906, the best preserved Viking ship ever found, the Oseberg ship, was discovered in Norway. The Oseberg is not participating in the exercise, but you can visit it at the Viking Ship Museum in Oslo.

  • The Aurora © Mona Ghiz, Maritime Forces Atlantic, Royal Canadian Navy
    • The Aurora 'Aurora' is the CP-140, a maritime patrol aircraft operated by the Royal Canadian Air Force that is participating in Trident Juncture 18. This aircraft can perform anti-submarine warfare but is also capable of maritime surveillance, counter-drug and search-and-rescue missions. In this photo, you can see a CP-140 Aurora arriving at Iqaluit Airport in Nunavut, 15 August 2018.

      Top speed: 750 km/h (405 kn, 462 mph)
      Range: 9,300 km (5,000 nmi, 5,737 mi)
      Length: 35.61 m (116 ft 10 in)

  • The Hornet © Air Force Command Finland
    • The Hornet The F/A-18 Hornet aircraft stings targets in the air and on the ground. It is a supersonic, all-weather, carrier-capable and multi-role combat fighter jet that forms the backbone of the Finnish Air Force's combat capability.

      The Hornet can operate from short runways and dispersed highway strips and can carry a wide variety of bombs and missiles, including air to air and air to ground. The Finnish Air Force is participating in #TridentJuncture 18 with eight F/A-18s.

      Top speed: 1300km/h (Mach 1.8 at altitude)
      Range: 2,346 km (Combat: 1,275 nmi)
      Length: 17.10 m (56 ft)


The host nation – Norway

Norway, the host of Trident Juncture 18, provides the possibility to train realistically on land, in the air and at sea. The extreme weather conditions pose additional challenges for NATO troops.

Winter training in Norway

Winter training in Norway

NATO troops are learning how to train in cold and wet weather to prepare for Trident Juncture 18.

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Coping with the cold

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NATO's core mission

Trident Juncture 2018 goes to the core of the Alliance, collective defence.

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The environment

NATO has worked closely with the Norwegian Armed Forces and the civilian authorities to protect the environment in the execution of Trident Juncture 18. Scroll through the gallery to discover more about this precious part of the world.

  • Environmental impact of Trident Juncture 18
    • Environmental impact of Trident Juncture 18 Environmental and social considerations are an integral part of the planning for exercises. We want to be sure to keep disruptions of people and places to a minimum while maximising benefits to the Alliance.

      NATO and Norway have conducted several reconnaissance tours in the exercise area and worked with the civilian authorities to locate sectors to be avoided – like drinking water sources, fish farming facilities and cultural monuments.
  • Eye-to-eye with elg © Badzil
    • Eye-to-eye with elg During Exercise Trident Juncture 18, NATO troops may encounter the 'elg', or what North Americans would call 'moose'. These great mammals are herbivores. They roam in search of food and are quite 'shy' – that is, they generally avoid humans.

      Northern Norway has Europe's most varied wildlife. You may also see polar bears, Eurasian lynxes and walruses, among others.

      Top tip: If you meet elg, keep as far away as possible. Humans can feel quite threatening to them.

  • A chilling effect
    • A chilling effect Our personnel may be facing some climate challenges – but so will our equipment. The cold can have an impact on weapons, bullets, vehicles and communications.

      Certain precautions must be taken by NATO troops to ensure weapons and equipment remain serviceable and fit for purpose, regardless of weather conditions. For example, they may use special lubricants designed to function at low temperatures.

      Soldiers will also have to be mindful of their own 'digits' in the single-digit temperatures. They will wear gloves, and they will not touch cold weapons with bare flesh to avoid fusing skin and metal. Trident Juncture 18


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