Trident Juncture

NATO's largest exercise in 20 years, Trident Juncture 2015 will be held through October and November, predominantly in, over and on the seas around Portugal, Spain and Italy.  It is one of a series of long-planned exercises to ensure that NATO Allies and their partners are able to work effectively together to deal with any emerging crisis, from any direction.

Over 36,000 personnel from 30 nations will take part – that includes NATO Allies as well as seven partner nations. 

Those partner nations are Australia, Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Finland, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Sweden and Ukraine.

What we are doing

The aim of the exercise is to train the troops of the UK, NATO Response Force and other Allied forces.

Why we are there

To ensure that NATO Allies are ready to deal with any emerging crisis, from any direction, and that they are able to work effectively with partners in tackling any crisis.  

The Cougar deployment, with its participation in Trident Juncture, is a hugely important task for the Royal Navy

Captain Nick Cooke-Priest - Commanding Officer of HMS Bulwark

Commander UK Maritime Forces Tony Radakin

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Rank: Rear Admiral

Rear Admiral Tony Radakin became Commander UK Maritime Forces in December 14. As the Royal Navy’s 2* formation level commander he is responsible for providing a rapidly deployable maritime, amphibious, joint, coalition or national contingent headquarters and also responsible for generating the Royal Navy’s two deployable 1* commanders. He is also Rear Admiral Surface Ships (RASS), responsible for providing independent advice on the fighting prowess and moral component of the surface ship community.

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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 Mediterranean

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