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British Army begin Exercise Trident Juncture

More than 1,600 troops and 1,000 vehicles and equipment have completed the 2,500km journey to Norway as the initial phase of Exercise Trident Juncture.

Units travelled from across the north of England via road, rail, sea and air to the exercise area north of Oslo.

The Royal Irish Battlegroup formed six separate columns for the road move with vehicles including the Husky, Foxhound and a range of logistical support vehicles. They completed the road move through six countries in five days.

The deployment for exercise Trident Juncture marks the first time the Husky and Foxhound vehicles have been utilised alongside other NATO nations outside of a desert environment. The vehicles have been resprayed green to fit in with the environment of Northern Europe.

Once in location British Army soldiers have been acclimatising to the cold conditions and training with NATO allies from Norway, Denmark and Poland building up to form a multinational, combat ready brigade commanded by the British Army’s 4th Infantry Brigade HQ.

As well as infantry and armoured reconnaissance regiments, British medical, signals, logistics and engineering teams are participating in the exercise. 32 Regiment Royal Engineers have been working with their Norwegian counterparts from the 4th Engineer Battalion of the Engineer Corps to prepare installations ahead of the live exercise.

In the main exercise phase the multinational brigade will work alongside two further brigades led by Germany and Italy to combat a fictitious invading enemy force (played by Norwegian forces) in both defensive and offensive operations. It will be the largest collective defence exercise NATO has conducted in over a decade.

Over 50,000 NATO troops from more than 30 nations are part of the exercise which takes place across land, sea and air. The exercise ensures that NATO forces are trained, able to operate together and ready to respond to any threat from any direction.

Exercise Trident Juncture continues across Norway until mid November and also involves 10,000 vehicles, 250 aircraft, and 65 ships.

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