The LARGEST Operation Since The Cold War Was Aimed At Russia
This Might Put Some People On Edge.
At the end of 2015, NATO forces conducted the biggest exercise since the end of the Cold War. Again, it was meant to flex muscles at Russia after their intervention in Syria as well as their overall military mobilization.
Called the Trident Juncture, the exercise spanned almost a month, mobilizing forces even from non-NATO countries like Australia, Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Finland, Macedonia, Sweden and Ukraine. Aside from those, all 30 NATO nations took part in it as well.
NATO, or the North Atlantic Treaty Organization was signed on April 4th, 1949 as an intergovernmental military alliance.
In total, 36,000 troops were summoned for the exercise, launching 140 aircraft and 60 ships. As for our point of interest here at World War Wings, the planes that took to the skies were of course the F-18 Hornets, F-16 Fighting Falcons, Typhoons, Tornados and MQ-9 Reaper drones.
The idea behind this operation was to “enhance maritime security and stability, readiness and naval capability with our allies and partners” according to a U.S. Navy spokesperson. Also, putting together an exercise of this magnitude which involved so many nations is a good testament to their ability to work together.
We can only hope it doesn’t ever have to come to that for real.