Saturday, 14 February 2015

Trident Juncture '15

Joint Force Command Brunssum Operational Liaison and Reconnaissance Team (OLRT) 
- Photo courtesy of JFC Brunssum Public Affairs Office

Exercise Trident Juncture 2015 will take place from 28 September to 06 November 2015 in multiple locations across the Alliance including Italy, Portugal and Spain.  Over 25,000 troops are expected to participate in the exercise.


The purpose of TRJE15 is to train and test the NRF, a high readiness and technologically advanced force comprising of land, air, maritime and special forces units capable of being deployed quickly on operations wherever needed.

The exercise represents the final step in the certification process for the command and control elements of the NRF for 2016.  The exercise will also allow Allies and partners the occasion to train, deploy and exercise in a complex and distributed environment.






BRUNSSUM, The Netherlands -  An integral building block prior to the commitment of the NATO Response Force (NRF) is deployment of an Operational Liaison Reconnaissance Team (OLRT).  The OLRT is tasked to gather information about the potential area of operations that will, inter alia, assist operational, logistical and communications planning.  This small group of subject matter experts also begins the process of establishing the network of contacts that are required with governmental officials, NGOs, UN officials (if present) and so on.  Their work is fundamental to the efficiency and success of NRF activation.  

On Sunday, 8 February 2015, JFC Brunssum deployed an OLRT to the Joint Warfare Centre (JWC) in Stavanger, Norway.  This is a training exercise where OLRT members will spend a week immersed in the fictitious crisis scenario being used for Exercise Trident Juncture 2015 (TRJE15).  Exercise information gathered will be fed into the TRJE15 planning process underway at JFC Brunssum and help shape exercise plans. 

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