SACEUR, NATO Secretary General visit Trident Juncture Distinguished Visitors Day
TRONDHEIM, Norway - Supreme Allied
Commander Europe (SACEUR), General Curtis M. Scaparrotti, NATO Secretary
General, Jens Stoltenberg, and a host of key NATO civilian and military leaders
visited Trondheim, Norway for Exercise Trident Juncture’s distinguished
visitors’ day Oct. 30, 2018.
During the visit, guests were able to meet
with Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines representing NATO’s 29 Allies and
two partner nations – Sweden and Finland – before a demonstration of air, land
and sea power by participating nations.
"The build up to Trident Juncture 2018 has
been a pleasure to witness and be involved with,” said General Scaparrotti.
"The service members participating in the exercise and this demonstration have
shown that they are more than capable to respond to any crisis and work
together as a unified, multinational, stabilizing force.”
After viewing the main demonstration NATO
leadership met with civilian media outlets to discuss the days’ events and what
to expect for the remainder of the exercise. "In this exercise we are defending Norway
against an armed attack,” said Secretary General Stoltenberg. "The scenario is
fictitious, but the lessons we learn are real. NATO’s wish is to preserve
peace, not provoke conflict but prevent conflict. To do so we provide credible
deterrents with the strength and the speed of our forces and our ability to
operate together. This is what Trident Juncture is all about.”
more than 50,000 personnel, 10,000 vehicles, 65 ships and 250 aircraft involved
in the exercise, Trident Juncture is the largest NATO exercise since the Cold
War. The exercise, which started on Oct. 25, will continue throughout host
nation Norway until Nov. 7.
Story by SHAPE Public Affairs Office