Canada’s participation in NATO’s Exercise TRIDENT JUNCTURE

The Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) participated in NATO’s Exercise TRIDENT JUNCTURE from October 25 to November 7, 2018. The exercise took place in Norway and the surrounding areas of the North Atlantic and the Baltic Sea, including Iceland and the airspace of Finland and Sweden.

The live exercise included a collective defence scenario. It trained NATO and partner nations to work together seamlessly.

How many people participated?

TRIDENT JUNCTURE included 50,000 participants from 31 NATO and partner countries. It was the largest in a series of long-planned NATO exercises to ensure that NATO forces are trained, able to operate together and ready to respond to any threat from any direction.

Canada sent approximately 2 000 personnel. The CAF contribution included:

  • two frigates and two maritime coastal defence vessels from the Royal Canadian Navy
  • a Canadian Army light infantry battalion supported by a Brigade Head Quarter
  • eight CF-188 Hornet, one CC-150 Polaris aerial refueller, and two CP-140 maritime patrol aircraft from the Royal Canadian Air Force
  • a Joint Task Force Support Component from Canadian Forces Joint Operations Support Group
  • a National Command Element from 1st Canadian Division HQ

Participating in NATO exercises and training provides CAF members with an excellent opportunity to develop their skills and enhance their ability to operate with NATO allies and partners.

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