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, say the Ministry of Defence.
Units travelled from the UK via road, rail, sea and air to the exercise area north of Oslo, according to a news release on the exercise.
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.
According to a news release:
“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.
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.