Trident Juncture 18

50,000 participants, 250 aircraft and 65 vessels from more than 30 nations – this is NATO's exercise Trident Juncture 18.

NATO and Norway holding one of the largest military exercises ever held in the country. During some hectic weeks this October and November, around 50,000 participants from all over NATO and its partners will be in Norway for exercise Trident Juncture 2018.

The exercise tests the whole military chain – from troop training at the tactical level, to command over large forces. It trains the troops of the NATO Response Force and forces from other allies and partners, ensuring they can work seamlessly together.

In the links below you will find information to participants and media. 

This exercise has air, sea and land elements, and Norway offers the possibility to train realistically in all of these domains. The cold and wet weather will pose additional challenges for NATO troops, and will train them to operate in extreme conditions.

Norway offered to host Trident Juncture 18, and NATO accepted the offer more than four years ago. Norway has a long tradition of hosting major allied and multinational military exercises. Among them are Cold Response, Dynamic Mongoose and Arctic Challenge.

Since 2014, collective defence has become a more prominent feature of NATO, due to the changes in the global security situation. In order to train and test NATO's ability to plan and conduct a major collective defence operation, the Alliance has held several large-scale exercises. This autumn, the turn has come to Norway.

Trident Juncture is also a great platform to cooperate with close partners like Finland and Sweden – exchanging best practices and working together to address crises.


Large exercises like Trident Juncture 18 are necessary for our ability to deploy and receive troops, and undertake large-scale military operations under challenging conditions. Exercises like this make NATO better prepared to counter any aggression, if necessary.

No. NATO is a defensive alliance, whose purpose is to protect our member states.  The Alliance poses no threat to any country and we do not see an immediate military threat against any NATO ally.

The North of Europe is of deep strategic importance to Allied security. But NATO exercises are not directed against any specific country or region. This exercise is about making sure our forces can work seamlessly together in a crisis, anywhere in the Alliance.



en_40_natoexercise2018en_222_localcompaniesandtri/en/newsroom/news-stories/local-companies-and-trident-juncture/media/PubImages/toppbilde-hellcatering.jpgThe real Hell's kitchenWhen thousands of Trident Juncture troops need food, sleep and electricity, Norwegian local businesses come to the rescue. One of them is Hell Catering.en_40_natoexercise2018
en_40_natoexercise2018en_226_whennatocametotown/en/newsroom/news-stories/when-nato-came-to-town/media/PubImages/20181026KK_003.jpgWhen NATO came to townHugs, hamburgers and socks. The Norwegian residents of Voll in Trøndelag county show they appreciate NATO coming to town. en_40_natoexercise2018
en_40_natoexercise2018en_214_tridentjuncturekicks/en/newsroom/news-stories/trident-juncture-kicks-off-in-norway/media/PubImages/20180818tk_I1482.jpgTrident Juncture kicks off in NorwayNATO's exercise Trident Juncture 18 is still two months away, but the first shipload of military equipment arrived in Norway this weekend.en_40_natoexercise2018
en_40_natoexercise2018en_215_natosecretarygeneral/en/newsroom/news-stories/nato-secretary-general-on-trident-juncture/media/PubImages/mh2fL.jpegNATO's Secretary General: – All set for Trident JunctureSecretary General Jens Stoltenberg is looking forward to NATO's largest military exercise in 16 years.en_40_natoexercise2018

Published 13 June 2015 16:24.. Last updated 27 October 2018 12:45.