Censor.NET reports citing Deutsche Welle
ATO is due to carry out a massive operation in the Mediterranean region from Sept. 28 to Nov. 6. The NATO manoeuvres, under the name Trident Juncture 2015 (TRJE15) is referred to by participants as "the biggest NATO exercise since 2002."
The manoeuvres will be held in Italy, Spain, Portugal and the Mediterranean with 36,000 soldiers from all 28 NATO partner countries and five other allies taking part. The exercises involving around 160 aircraft and 60 warships, including nuclear submarines, thousands of vehicles and additional military equipment, is aimed at dealing with an "emergency" scenario.
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"The exercise will focus on the use of the NATO Response Force (NRF) in a multinational strategic, operational and tactical environment". The NRF was founded in 2002 on the initiative of the then-US defence secretary Donald Rumsfeld. It has been systematically expanded since the outbreak of the conflict in Ukraine to enable NATO to deploy a massive force on the Russian border within a few days.Trident Juncture 2015 will therefore test the capabilities of the new troop units and their ability to mobilise against Russia.
"Theoretically, one could have shifted this exercise to the eastern part of Europe. The exercise sends out strategic messages relatively independent of where it takes place. And this message will certainly also reach Mr. Putin," Bundeswehr Lieutenant General Richard Rossmanith declared.
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