Patrol Squadron (VP) 5 “Mad Foxes” sent a P-8A Poseidon aircraft, a combat air crew (CAC), and a maintenance detachment to participate in Exercise Trident Juncture 18, Oct. 19-30. The exercise took place in Norway, surrounding areas of the North Atlantic and the Baltic Sea, including Iceland and the airspace of Finland and Sweden.
Trident Juncture 18 is NATO’s largest exercise, comprised of 50,000 personnel from all 29 NATO countries, and brings together more than 65 vessels, 250 aircraft, and 10,000 vehicles.
Some major U.S. elements of the exercise include the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group and the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group working alongside allied and partner military forces.
Trident Juncture is designed to demonstrate NATO’s ability to plan and coordinate a major collective defense operation to deter potential adversaries. The exercise varies from ground troop training at the tactical level to command and control over large elements of the NATO force.
In addition to VP-5’s support, both the VP-9 “Golden Eagles” and VP-26 “Tridents” provided P-8A Poseidon aircraft to participate in the exercise assisting in multiple anti-submarine warfare and intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance missions.
VP-5’s combat air crew, CAC-3, also was given the opportunity to host five distinguished guests from the Icelandic Coast Guard and the U.S. Defense Attaché from the Norwegian Embassy to demo P-8A capabilities and discuss the exercise.
“It’s an honor to be part of one of the most complex and visible exercises has United States participated in,” stated Lt. Jon Glassman, the CAC-3 mission commander and instructor pilot.
“It’s incredibly important, especially in today’s tense and uncertain climate to reassure our Allies of our commitment to a collective self-defense against aggression. By training with our amazing partner nations, we elevate our readiness and create bonds that build trust and ensure our ability to operate when the need arises. It’s extremely rewarding to tactically employ our aircraft and build awareness amongst our friends of the P-8s capabilities and what we can bring to the fight.”