Admiral Haakon Bruun-Hanssen and the head of Trident Juncture, Admiral James G. Foggo, held a joint press conference in Oslo on 25 October – the same day
exercise Trident Juncture started. Foggo thanked the Norwegian government and population for hosting the major exercise.
"Norway is one of the leading democracies in the world, and an important member of NATO. Both due to its strategic location in the noprth and its good military", the Admiral said.
Article 5 scenario
Trident Juncture lasts from 25 October to 7 November and is a high-profile exercise. The goal is to exercise the Alliance's ability to support its member nations during wartime.
Foggo pointed out that the exercise is a great opportunity to exercise an article 5 scenario – stating that an attack on one member nation is considered an attack on all member nations.
"50,000 soldiers exercising in Norway is a strong message to anyone who would like to challenge our allies in the northern sector and challenge our sovereignty, because we are here to defend you."
The Admiral also pointed out that the weather is a challenge:
"Winter is coming and the weather is rapidly changing between rainfalls, sun and snow."
The Admiral underscored that these conditions are good for testing the troops resilience and learning to master these kind of challenges.