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TRJE18 ~ The Move Is On For 24MEU

Spearhead troops and their equipment are now on the move for Exercise TRIDENT JUNCTURE 18 (TRJE18) which promises to be the largest NATO field exercise for decades.


TRIDENT JUNCTURE 2018 is a NATO-led high visibility exercise being held in Norway in the autumn of 2018. This will be the largest military exercise in the country since the 1980s.


The live field exercise (LIVEX) phase is scheduled to run from 25th October to 7th November. These multinational manoeuvres are part of a planned series of exercises to enhance the abilities of NATO Allies and Partner Nations to work together collectively to conduct military operations under challenging conditions.


On Friday 28th September US Marines, including personnel assigned to 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing, commenced loading High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicles and other equipment onto the aviation logistic ship SS Wright, in preparation for TRIDENT JUNCTURE 18, at Morehead City in North Carolina.


Craning USMC Hum-vees aboard SS Wright for transportation to Norway [USMC photo: Cpl. Jered T. Stone]

Yesterday, 2nd October, Marines and Sailors with 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit (24 MEU) stood by for transportation at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina in preparation for TRJE18. Events during this exercise will provide 24 MEU opportunities to train as a Marine Air Ground Task Force in unique environments in support of partner nations.


Simultaneously, in southern England vehicles from 4th [UK] Infantry Brigade, which when in Norway will become NATO’s 4th Multi-National Brigade or 4 MNB, were prepared for transportation to Norway for TRJE18 – more details, and exclusive images, of this tomorrow.

US Marines and Sailors with 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit stand by for transportation at Camp Lejeune [USMC photo: Cpl. Margaret Gale]

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