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NATO exercise in Spain

Right now NATO is conducting it’s  biggest military exercise in more than 10 years in Spain, Italy and Portugal. So do not be surprised if you hear cannons or military aircrafts.

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg and Spanish Minister of Defence, Pedro Morenes Eulate arrive at the exercise venue

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg and Spanish Minister of Defence, Pedro Morenes Eulate arrive at the exercise venue

The exercise is called Trident junctures 2015 and its purpose is to show that NATO is able to defend all allies against all possible threats. NATO’s Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said yesterday (November 4th) after seeing a demonstration of the Allied forces in Spain that “Trident junctures shows that NATO’s capacities are real and clear.”

The demonstration included a spectacular airdropping of over 500 paratroopers from the US (82nd Airborne Division). They flew directly from their home base at Fort Bragg in North Carolina and landed by parachute on the practice field, in San Gregorio, Spain.

U.S. 82nd Airborne Division paratroopers. All images are clickable.

U.S. 82nd Airborne Division paratroopers. All images are clickable.

Scenario for exercise is in the fictional area Cerasi in Horn of Africa and is about the struggle for natural resources. A country has invaded a neighboring country. NATO intervenes after receiving a UN mandate. “This is a demanding and ambitious exercise that tests our strengths in many ways – everything from terrorist attack, hybrid warfare and cyber attacks to high-intensity war”, said Jens Stoltenberg.

There are more than 36,000 people from over 30 countries participating in the exercise. The exercise includes over 140 aircrafts and more than 60 vessels. Spain contributes with 8.000 soldiers and eight scenarios. Inspectors from Russia and several other countries are in place to observe the exercise, which started on October 21st and ends on November 6th. Stoltenberg said that “Russia also must allow NATO inspectors to their exercises. By conducting many impromptu exercises they are using a loophole in the rules allowing them not to let in observers.” “I am concerned about the situation, “said Stoltenberg.

A scenario from the training field in San Gregorio, Spain. All photos: NATO

A scenario from the training field in San Gregorio, Spain. All photos: NATO

Some last words from Jens Stoltenberg: “We are sending a clear message to all our allies and potential adversaries: NATO does not seek confrontation, but is prepared to defend all allies against potential threats.” If you want to know more you can visit the exercise’s website: Trident junctures 2015.