Exercise Trident Juncture

Ex Trident Juncture 18 is the largest in a series of deliberately-planned exercises scheduled over several years to ensure that NATO forces are trained, able to operate together and ready to respond to a threat from any direction.

This year’s exercise will take place in Norway with over 40,000 personnel from 30 countries gathering to practise their ability to operate and respond to threats together.

Six ships from across the Royal Navy’s fleet will take part in the exercise. HMS Northumberland and HMS Westminster will work in the north of Norway, practising anti-submarine warfare drills and proving their capability within a multinational task group.

HMS Enterprise will lead four mine counter measure vessels (HMS Hurworth, HMS Cattistock, HMS Ramsay and HMS Grimsby) in the south of Norway, practicing their diving and mine clearance capabilities, including using their remotely operated ‘Sea Fox’ mine disposal robot

What we are doing

Anti-submarine warfare drills, diving and mine clearance capabilities and proving our capability within a multinational task group

Why we are there

To ensure that NATO forces are trained, able to operate together and ready to respond to a threat from any direction.

International partnerships

As the fifth largest economy in the world, the UK has responsibilities towards its allies and partners. But Britain also has global ambitions – namely to protect the seaways underpinning the country’s prosperity. The Royal Navy plays a crucial role in fostering these enduring and lasting alliances with other nations.

Ready to fight

When diplomacy fails, the UK has to be ready to protect its interests and its allies. What’s more, as a member of NATO and the UN, the UK also acts to support the enforcement of UN resolutions and come to the aid of our allies. This is where the Royal Marines come in: we train to go where we’re needed – by sea, land or air – and deploy our forces with the aim of restoring peace.

Location Norway

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HMS Cattistock (M31)

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HMS Grimsby (M108)

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