A soldier wears a Trident Juncture badge on his uniform (Picture: NATO).
NATO’s Exercise Trident Juncture comes to an end today.
The exercise in Norway was the organisation’s biggest war game since the end of the Cold War and involved 50,000 soldiers from 31 countries, testing their ability to operate and respond to threats together.
NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg had previously said:
"This is a strong display of our capabilities and of our resolve to work together. The scenario is fictitious, but the lessons we learn will be real."
Observers from non-NATO countries, including Russia, were invited.
“In the Vienna document that Norway has signed, it says that when there is a big, large exercise, more than 13000 troops, that country has to invite observers to be present during the exercise,” said Ragnhild Hustad from the Norwegian military.
“We have now had about 20 observers from 13 different nations to visit us for two weeks and we’ve been travelling all over the exercise are to visit all the troops, all the big brigades and sub-units and for them to be able to ask questions.
“NATO is a defensive alliance and our hope is that by showing the observers this exercise with the things that I just described, that this is an open and transparent exercise. And a non-threatening exercise.”
Britain sent 2,700 troops to participate, as well as 480 vehicles and six ships.