A US Navy commander involved in the recent NATO drills held from late October to early November said that conducting operations in the cold off the Norwegian coast was a wakeup call for America’s sailors and ships.
Trident Juncture was the largest NATO exercise conducted since the end of the Cold War. “When I was in the States [before the drill started], people asked me, ‘Hey, why’d you do this in October and November? It’s pretty nasty and cold in the high north at this time of year,'” said US Navy Adm. James G. Foggo III during a November 30 podcast called “On The Horizon.”
“That’s exactly why. We wanted to stress the force, and we truly did get some lessons learned out of this. We gave the NATO alliance the opportunity to train with us and to be interoperable, and we demonstrated the global reach of that alliance. If a campaign happened somewhere in the world, NATO has proven that it can move seven equivalent brigades in about 30 days… Overall, I think we exceeded expectations,” Foggo said.
Another commander, Vice Adm. Andrew Lewis, offered a different view on Trident Juncture during an event at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington in late November, Business Insider noted.
“We’ve been operating in the Persian Gulf, where it’s like a lake, and it’s really hot, whereas now we’re operating up off the coast of Norway, where it’s blowing a gale, the decks are moving around, the ships are getting beat up, and…