British troops have arrived in the Netherlands this week as part of a massive 2,500km move by road to Norway for Exercise Trident Juncture, NATO’s flagship exercise in 2018.
In Norway, 2,700 UK personnel will contribute to the large-scale and complex exercise which will test NATO’s most important founding principle of collective defence in an article 5 scenario – when an attack on one is an attack on all.
With some 150 aircraft, 40,000 participants and 10,000 vehicles, this is the largest collective defence exercise NATO has conducted in over a decade.
Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson said:
“NATO is the bedrock of our defence where Britain plays a leading role. Whenever the call comes, the UK is foremost in stepping up to support our friends and allies across the globe.
This exercise demonstrates the strength of our collective defence. Together we are ready to tackle any threat, from any direction.”
Earlier this week British Army vehicles and equipment were loaded onto Channel Tunnel trains before arriving in The Netherlands today as part of the complex logistical task of transporting a Battlegroup to Norway – a journey that includes road, rail and ferry.