Conferences, dynamic and static aircraft display mark the start of the live phase of the largest NATO exercise.

NATO Trident Juncture opening ceremony

On Monday, October 19 took place at 37th Wing in Trapani the opening ceremony of NATO exercise named Trident Juncture.

The event marks the start of the "Live" phase that involves personnel and equipment of the various NATO forces.

The day began with the ceremony inside an hangar with the entry of all the flags of the nations involved in the exercise. The event continued with speeches by Undersecretary of Italian Ministry of Defense: Honorable Gioacchino Alfano, the NATO Deputy Secretary General: Ambassador Alexander Vershbow and Chairman of NATO Military Committee: General Petr Pavel. 

Each of them remarked the importance in preparing to deal with possible future conflicts in modern war scenarios that require advanced operational capabilities. The Italian national anthem and the raising of Trident Juncture flag closed the first part of the celebrations.

Afterwards there was a press conference where the officers answered to questions from media and then all present visited at the board of runway a static display composed of aircraft and armored vehicles.

At the same time there was a fly-by of different formations composed of Eurofighter, Tornado, AMX, F-16, C-130J, C-27J, KC-767, AWACS and HH-139, as well as a Combact SAR demonstration.

We thank NATO Command and Italian Air Force 37th Wing personnel for the great organization and for sharing information about exercise with the public. We thank the NATO Public Affair Office also, for the opportunity offered to to follow the event.

About Trident Juncture 2015

The exercise Trident Juncture 2015 is a training between the 28 NATO allied and partners countries that offer a cohesion opportunity essential to maintain and increase the interoperability.
It will take place in two phases: the first one from 3 to 16 October 2015, in simulation mode "Computer Assisted" and the second one "Live", from October 21 to November 6, 2015, to be held in Spain, Portugal and Italy.
The purpose of the exercise is to test and train the NATO Response Force (NRF), that it's the capability of immediate response with advanced technology of the multinational force made up from air, land and naval units.

Text and Pics: Matteo Sanzani
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