E-3A Component Aircraft participate in Exercise TRIDENT JUNCTURE
GEILENKIRCHEN, Germany –Two
flying squadrons and three jets of the NAEW&C Force E-3A Component are back
to base following their deployment to FOL Ørland, Norway, to take part in NATO
exercise Trident Juncture '18 LIVEX which concluded on Nov. 7, 2018.
The Deployment Commander for the personnel departing
from MOB Geilenkirchen, Lieutenant Colonel Bengt Bergan, highlighted the value
of NATO AWACS' participation, which flew multiple missions daily to support the
operations of Allies and partner nations across all domains.
"The E-3A is a unique asset; it provides Allied
forces with air coverage, early warning and fighter control. Its contribution
as a command and control centre is essential, especially in complex scenarios
like the ones Trident Juncture offered, where the overall air picture provided
can make a difference when so many players are on the ground, at sea and in the
airspace," said Bergan.
The exercise counted around 50,000 troops, coming
from 31 NATO and partner countries and training together to enhance the
readiness of the Alliance in responding to any potential threat. The
preparation for this event was long and intense for all units involved.
"We have prepared for this exercise by working with
the simulators, replicating the training scenarios and anticipating all
possible outcomes to ensure everyone was ready to take on any challenge that
might come our way. We can firmly say that it was a success, both in terms of
training for the crews and with regard to the collective capabilities of the
Alliance to defend its territories", stated Bergan.
Story by NAEW&CF
Public Affairs Office