NATO launched military exercise Trident Juncture in Italy
North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) allies and partner nations on 19 October 2015 launched the Alliance’s Trident Juncture military exercise at the Trapani air force base in Italy. Trident Juncture will end on 6 November 2015.
The three week long intensive training involves 36000 troops from more than 30 nations across Italy, Spain and Portugal.
The Trident juncture is the largest NATO exercise for over a decade and will increase readiness and ability to work together. It will also demonstrate that NATO is capable of responding to threats from any direction. The exercise will also certify next year’s NATO Response Force headquarters and the functions of the new very-high readiness Spearhead Force.<br/. Last time such large-scale military exercises were held during the Cold War era. But now they are held due to recent changes in global geopolitical scenario in Mediterranean and West Asian region. The geopolitical scenario has changed after Russia’s annexation of Crimea peninsula of Ukraine in February 2014 followed by support of eastern Ukrainian separatists and attacks against moderate rebels in Syria