Trident Juncture 2018 is a large
exercise in every way. Around 50,000 soldiers, 10,000 vehicles, 250 aircraft,
and 65 vessels are coming to Norway for the exercise this October and November.
The first equipment started arriving in Norway already in August. Back then the
Norwegian Joint Headquarters was in charge, but on Saturday 29 September Norway
handed over the logistics command to NATO's Joint Logistical Support Group.
At Sessvollmoen Base, just north of Oslo, NATO has set up a temporary
camp, in witch the official handover ceremony was held. Norwegian chief of
operations, Rear Admiral Sverre Engeness, opened the ceremony. After the
official signing, NATO's Joint Logistical Support Group is now in charge of the
NATO takes over
Norway's most important
task is receiving and handling all the allied forces and equipment coming to
Norway. This requires a great amount of planning and close cooperation with civilian
partners. From now on, Norway shares this responsibility with NATO.
"From this day on, it
is not 'Norway' or 'NATO'. It is 'us'" Rear Admiral Engeness said in his speech this
Saturday at Sessvollmoen base.
Both parties underlined
the importance of close cooperation between NATO and Norway. Responsibility and
control will not only be in the hands of NATO and there will still be a close
dialogue between the host nation and NATO. This is important to reduce the
consequences for the local communities and getting logistics
and mechanical services up and running.
the consequences for the population affected by the exercise is vital to us. To achieve this, we will
work closely together with civilian partners like the police, railway, road
authorities and private businesses", Rear Admiral Sverre Engeness said.