Exercise Trident Juncture 2015, NATO’s biggest and most ambitious exercise in over a decade, started on October 3 in Mons, Belgium.
Military and civilian Staff of Allied Joint Force Command Brunssum, reinforced by augmenting personnel from various commands throughout NATO, launched the Command Post Exercise (CPX) portion of the exercise on Saturday, October 3, 2015. This portion of the exercise continues until October 16 and will test the command and control elements of the NATO Response Force (NRF). It will also assess NATO’s ability to work with external organisations including international bodies and NGO’s.
The Live Exercise (LIVEX) will commence on October 21, in three different host nations: Italy, Portugal and Spain. It will include a series of dynamic and demanding training events designed to train troops and commanding officers, including those from elements of the NRF.
Trident Juncture 2015 will culminate with the certification of the Headquarters Staff from Allied Joint Force Command Brunssum to officially lead the NRF, if activated, throughout 2016.
Over 36000 personnel from over 30 NATO and partner nations are taking part in the exercise, which includes more than 140 aircraft and 60 ships. Elements from Land, Air, Maritime, Special Operations and Logistics are participating.