Trident Juncture 2018 Command Post Exercise concludes

TRONDHEIM, Norway (Nov 4, 2018) – Italian Navy Lt. Cmdr. Piergiorgio Ferroni speaks with Lt. Cmdr. Phillip Smith while standing watch in the Joint Operations Center aboard the Blue Ridge-class command and control ship USS Mount Whitney (LCC 20), in Trondheim, Norway, Nov 4, 2018. Mount Whitney, forward-deployed to Gaeta, Italy, is participating in multilateral Exercise Trident Juncture 18 which is designed to certify NATO response forces and develop interoperability among participating NATO partner nations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class James R. Turner/Released)
Nov 23, 2018
Story by U.S. Air Force Captain Kylee Ashton

NAPLES, Italy - Concluding the two-part exercise, Trident Juncture 18 is officially complete for Allied Joint Force Command Naples as the Command Post Exercise, which took place from November 14 to 23, finished today in Naples.

Trident Juncture 18 was designed to ensure that NATO forces are trained and ready, both through the live exercise and command post exercise, to become certified for NATO Response Force 2019. It has been an important test, and a tremendous display of NATO's collective capabilities.

The live exercise hosted around 50,000 participants, 250 aircraft, 65 ships and up to 10,000 vehicles from 31 nations, NATO's exercise Trident Juncture 18 is NATO's largest high visibility exercise in decades, with Norway and Iceland serving as the host nations. Over 20,000 land forces, 24,000 navy personnel, including U.S. Marines, 3,500 air personnel, around 1,000 logistics specialists and 1,300 personnel from a range of NATO commands have participated in the live portion of the exercise from October 25 to November 7.

"The Secretary General was absolutely elated with the results," said Admiral James Foggo, commander of Allied Joint Force Command Naples. "Well done to each and every one of you, Bravo Zulu."

Following the live exercise, the majority of the headquarters returned to Naples to participate in a scenario where an Article 5 was invoked. The exercise was designed to test the headquarters ability to lead and organize an operation in NATO territory. 

"I spoke with the SHAPE evaluators and they have a grading system based off a stoplight," said Foggo. "I was told not only are you green, but deep green due to how professional this headquarters is."
 

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