Time to take stock of Trident Juncture 18

Trident Juncture is now over, the vehicles have been unloaded, the emergency maintenance of equipment is completed and the Swedish personnel are on their way home to their units for some well-deserved rest. But how did the exercise go?

Vagnchef från P4 håller ordergivning inför kommande anfall.
Vagnchef från P4 håller ordergivning inför kommande anfall.
Trident Juncture 18 is now over. Photo: Jonas Helmersson/Swedish Armed Forces
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Fartygen HMS Nyköping och HMS Karlstad kastar loss från hamnen i Trondheim.

The corvettes HMS NYKOPING and HMS KARLSTAD cast off from TRONDHEIM harbour during Trident Juncture 2018. 

TRJE 18(Trident Juncture 2018) är en av Natos största övningar och som huvudsakligen genomförs i Norge. Totalt deltar ca 40 000 soldater, 10 000 fordon, 130 flygplan och 70 fartyg. Sverige deltar med 2500 soldater, åtta Jas Gripen och två fartyg av Visbyklass.
Trident Juncture 18 is now over. Photo: Alexander Gustavsson/Swedish Armed Forces
Flygtekniker och flygmekaniker förbereder en JAS 39 Gripen för ett tidigt övningspass under Trident Juncture 18.

Swedish ground crew preparing a JAS 39 Gripen for flight during Trident Juncture 18.

Sverige deltar i övningen Trident Juncture 18 med förband från samtliga stridskrafter för att öka förmågan att försvara Sverige. Syftet med det svenska deltagandet är även att stärka samarbeten med andra länder.
Trident Juncture 18 är en av Natos största övningar och genomförs under hösten i Norge. Sverige kommer att delta med personal från armén, flygvapnet, marinen och hemvärnet.
Övningen ökar Försvarsmaktens förmåga att försvara Sverige, vår nationella förmåga och stärker samarbeten med Finland, USA, Norge och Nato. Under övningen förbereds marin- och flygvapenbidragen för kommande deltagande i NRF och arméstridskrafter övar för att stärka brigadförmågan. Dessutom kommer värdlandsstöd lämnas till Natoförband baserade i Sverige under övningen. 

Sweden is contributing to Trident Juncture 18 by providing qualified troops from all Swedish Armed Forces combat forces. This exercise will enhance our ability to defend Sweden and our national capabilities, while also strengthening our cooperation with Finland, the US, Norway and NATO. Our naval and air forces will be preparing for their future participation in the rapid-reaction NATO Response Force (NRF) during the exercise, and Army troops will be on exercises to reinforce brigade capability. Host nation support will also be provided to NATO troops based in Sweden during the exercise.
Trident Juncture 18 is one of NATO’s biggest exercises and will be taking place in Norway in the autumn of 2018. The aim of this exercise is to test the rapid-reaction NATO Response Force (NRF). It comprises a troop exercise which will be taking place between 25 October and 7 November, and a command exercise which will be taking place from 14 to 23 November.
Trident Juncture 18 is now over. Photo: Mats Nyström/Swedish Armed Forces

“We are essentially satisfied with how everything went. We must of course wait for a detailed evaluation, but as far as we can assess, we have achieved the Swedish Armed Forces’ objectives in all respects, even though we always learn important lessons during an exercise”, says Major General Michael Claesson.

He points out that Sweden has once again demonstrated good capacity to execute combat missions in an international environment.
“And most importantly – those parts that will be included in the NATO Response Force (NRF), i.e. the corvettes and JAS Gripen, now have the input for a future certification.

When it comes to the ground units, the exercise has also gone well, according to Michael Claesson.
“Some friction always occurs in multi-nationally combined units. Joint exercises and interoperability are complex, but given the short preparation time, I am very pleased with the result. Exercises with other nations are always important for the development of our military capabilities.”

Host nation support has also been an important part of the exercise. F 21 has been working on hosting foreign air wings and ensuring that they can be fully operational.
“We have also accomplished the inward and outward transport in a satisfactory way”, says Michael Claesson.

Appreciative signals about Sweden´s participation have come from both top military commanders and at unit level, both from the NATO countries and Finland.
“And it has been praise that goes beyond the normal courtesy.”

At the same time as the Trident Juncture exercise is now being wound up, Command and control exercise 18 is starting, and is using the same scenario, i.e. an assumed attack on Norway, but now to train the military strategic command of national operations while NATO carries out operations in the immediate vicinity.

“To everyone who has participated in Trident Juncture, I would like to extend warm and heartfelt gratitude to you for having contributed with a safe and professional performance to the positive image of the Swedish Armed Forces’ capability, which is an important part of the result. We have measured our forces in relation to and against the world’s most modern combat forces and have accomplished it with honour”, says Michael Claesson.