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Trident Juncture brings NATO nations, partners together in ambitious exercise this Monday

Censor.NET reports citing ВВС Russia.

NATO is in the middle of perhaps its most ambitious exercise in a decade, a mixed computer-based and live effort that involves about 36,000 personnel from 30 alliance and partner nations, extends from Canada to Eastern Europe and includes operations on land, at sea and in the air.

Although the exercise has been in planning for two years, the scenarios have been changed to include elements of "hybrid warfare," such as the mixing of conventional and unconventional forces and cyber attacks, which have been used by Russia in support of armed terrorists in eastern Ukraine.

U.S. participation involved about 6,500 personnel, aboard warships in the Atlantic and Mediterranean, and a variety of aircraft and ground forces. The U.S. Navy assets include the amphibious transport dock USS Arlington, carrying a Marine landing team with four MV-22 Ospreys; the guided-missile destroyer USS Porter; the Maritime Prepositioning Ship USNS Button; and three P-3 patrol aircraft.

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The exercise, Trident Juncture 2015, is being conducted by Allied Command Transformation and brings some unusual elements, including merging separate national exercises by several nations into the overall trials and the presence of observers from about 35 defense industry companies, who were invited to look for ways they could improve the capabilities of participating nations.

One of the goals of the exercise is to test the relatively new NATO Response Force, a multinational unit designed for rapid reaction to unexpected military challenges
 
 
 
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