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Inside NATO's largest exercises since the Cold War

Water shoots upward from blasts during NATO's Exercise Trident Juncture, off the Trondheim coast, Norway. NATO has launched its largest exercises since the Cold War in Norway, whose non-NATO Nordic neighbours Sweden and Finland have drawn closer to the alliance since being spooked by Russia's role in the turmoil in Ukraine.

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Water shoots upward from blasts during NATO's Exercise Trident Juncture, off the Trondheim coast, Norway. NATO has launched its largest exercises since the Cold War in Norway, whose non-NATO Nordic neighbours Sweden and Finland have drawn closer to...more

Water shoots upward from blasts during NATO's Exercise Trident Juncture, off the Trondheim coast, Norway. NATO has launched its largest exercises since the Cold War in Norway, whose non-NATO Nordic neighbours Sweden and Finland have drawn closer to the alliance since being spooked by Russia's role in the turmoil in Ukraine. NTB Scanpix/Gorm Kallestad via REUTERS
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U.S. Marines with the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) conduct cold weather training during NATO's Exercise Trident Juncture in Iceland. Some 40,000 soldiers from more than 30 countries will take part in the exercise.


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U.S. Marines with the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) conduct cold weather training during NATO's Exercise Trident Juncture in Iceland. Some 40,000 soldiers from more than 30 countries will take part in the exercise. Capt. Kylee Ashton/U.S....more

U.S. Marines with the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) conduct cold weather training during NATO's Exercise Trident Juncture in Iceland. Some 40,000 soldiers from more than 30 countries will take part in the exercise. Capt. Kylee Ashton/U.S. Air Force/via REUTERS
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U.S. Marines with the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, deployed during Exercise Trident Juncture, hike to a cold-weather training site in Iceland.

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U.S. Marines with the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, deployed during Exercise Trident Juncture, hike to a cold-weather training site in Iceland. U.S. Marine Corps/Lance Cpl. Menelik Collins/via REUTERS

U.S. Marines with the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, deployed during Exercise Trident Juncture, hike to a cold-weather training site in Iceland. U.S. Marine Corps/Lance Cpl. Menelik Collins/via REUTERS
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Royal Norwegian Navy Skjold-class Corvettes HNOMS Storm and HNMOS Skudd ride alongside the U.S. Navy aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman during flight operations supporting Exercise Trident off the coast of Vestfjordern, Norway. 


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Royal Norwegian Navy Skjold-class Corvettes HNOMS Storm and HNMOS Skudd ride alongside the U.S. Navy aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman during flight operations supporting Exercise Trident off the coast of Vestfjordern, Norway. U.S. Navy/Mass...more

Royal Norwegian Navy Skjold-class Corvettes HNOMS Storm and HNMOS Skudd ride alongside the U.S. Navy aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman during flight operations supporting Exercise Trident off the coast of Vestfjordern, Norway. U.S. Navy/Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Thomas Gooley/via REUTERS
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German soldiers from 2 Company Multinational Engineer Battalion of NATO's Very High Readiness Joint Task Force, man an M3 Amphibious Rig while conducting river crossing training during Exercise Trident Juncture at Camp Roedsmoen in Rena, Norway. 

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German soldiers from 2 Company Multinational Engineer Battalion of NATO's Very High Readiness Joint Task Force, man an M3 Amphibious Rig while conducting river crossing training during Exercise Trident Juncture at Camp Roedsmoen in Rena, Norway....more

German soldiers from 2 Company Multinational Engineer Battalion of NATO's Very High Readiness Joint Task Force, man an M3 Amphibious Rig while conducting river crossing training during Exercise Trident Juncture at Camp Roedsmoen in Rena, Norway. Sgt Marc-Andre Gaudreault/NATO JFC Brunssum Imagery/via REUTERS
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An F/A-18E Super Hornet launches from the U.S. Navy aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman in support of Exercise Trident Juncture in the Norwegian Sea. 

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An F/A-18E Super Hornet launches from the U.S. Navy aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman in support of Exercise Trident Juncture in the Norwegian Sea. U.S. Navy/Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Adelola Tinubu/via REUTERS

An F/A-18E Super Hornet launches from the U.S. Navy aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman in support of Exercise Trident Juncture in the Norwegian Sea. U.S. Navy/Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Adelola Tinubu/via REUTERS
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British Army troops of the of the 4th Infantry Brigade, The Black Rats, take part in Exercise Trident Juncture near Rena, Norway. 


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British Army troops of the of the 4th Infantry Brigade, The Black Rats, take part in Exercise Trident Juncture near Rena, Norway. Bundeswehr/via REUTERS

British Army troops of the of the 4th Infantry Brigade, The Black Rats, take part in Exercise Trident Juncture near Rena, Norway. Bundeswehr/via REUTERS
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Military aircraft make a pass during NATO's Exercise Trident Juncture, above Trondheim, Norway. 


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Military aircraft make a pass during NATO's Exercise Trident Juncture, above Trondheim, Norway. NTB Scanpix/Gorm Kallestad via REUTERS

Military aircraft make a pass during NATO's Exercise Trident Juncture, above Trondheim, Norway. NTB Scanpix/Gorm Kallestad via REUTERS
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U.S. Marines with the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) conduct cold weather training during NATO s Exercise Trident Juncture in Iceland. 


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U.S. Marines with the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) conduct cold weather training during NATO s Exercise Trident Juncture in Iceland. Capt. Kylee Ashton/U.S. Air Force/via REUTERS

U.S. Marines with the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) conduct cold weather training during NATO s Exercise Trident Juncture in Iceland. Capt. Kylee Ashton/U.S. Air Force/via REUTERS
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A V-22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft makes a pass during NATO's Exercise Trident Juncture, seen from Trondheim, Norway.  
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A V-22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft makes a pass during NATO's Exercise Trident Juncture, seen from Trondheim, Norway. NTB Scanpix/Gorm Kallestad via REUTERS

A V-22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft makes a pass during NATO's Exercise Trident Juncture, seen from Trondheim, Norway. NTB Scanpix/Gorm Kallestad via REUTERS
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The U.S. Navy assault ship USS Iwo Jima docks with the U.S. Marines from the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit as part of Exercise Trident Juncture in Faxa Bay, Reykjavik, Iceland. 


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The U.S. Navy assault ship USS Iwo Jima docks with the U.S. Marines from the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit as part of Exercise Trident Juncture in Faxa Bay, Reykjavik, Iceland. U.S. Marine Corps/Sgt. Averi Coppa/via REUTERS

The U.S. Navy assault ship USS Iwo Jima docks with the U.S. Marines from the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit as part of Exercise Trident Juncture in Faxa Bay, Reykjavik, Iceland. U.S. Marine Corps/Sgt. Averi Coppa/via REUTERS
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Landing craft and a helicopter are seen during NATO's Exercise Trident Juncture, off the Trondheim coast, Norway. 


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Landing craft and a helicopter are seen during NATO's Exercise Trident Juncture, off the Trondheim coast, Norway. NTB Scanpix/Gorm Kallestad via REUTERS

Landing craft and a helicopter are seen during NATO's Exercise Trident Juncture, off the Trondheim coast, Norway. NTB Scanpix/Gorm Kallestad via REUTERS
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U.S. Marines with the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) conduct cold weather training during NATO's Exercise Trident Juncture in Iceland. 


Capt. Kylee Ashton/U.S. Air Force/via REUTERS

U.S. Marines with the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) conduct cold weather training during NATO's Exercise Trident Juncture in Iceland. Capt. Kylee Ashton/U.S. Air Force/via REUTERS

U.S. Marines with the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) conduct cold weather training during NATO's Exercise Trident Juncture in Iceland. Capt. Kylee Ashton/U.S. Air Force/via REUTERS
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A V-22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft and warships are seen during NATO's Exercise Trident Juncture, off the Trondheim coast, Norway. 


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A V-22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft and warships are seen during NATO's Exercise Trident Juncture, off the Trondheim coast, Norway. NTB Scanpix/Gorm Kallestad via REUTERS

A V-22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft and warships are seen during NATO's Exercise Trident Juncture, off the Trondheim coast, Norway. NTB Scanpix/Gorm Kallestad via REUTERS
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The Royal Swedish Navy corvette HSwMS Karlstad arrives for a port visit prior to participation in Exercise Trident Juncture in Trondheim, Norway.   


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The Royal Swedish Navy corvette HSwMS Karlstad arrives for a port visit prior to participation in Exercise Trident Juncture in Trondheim, Norway. CDR Denver Applehans/NATO Maritime Command Public Affairs/via REUTERS

The Royal Swedish Navy corvette HSwMS Karlstad arrives for a port visit prior to participation in Exercise Trident Juncture in Trondheim, Norway. CDR Denver Applehans/NATO Maritime Command Public Affairs/via REUTERS
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A rainbow appears behind a Royal Canadian Air Force CF-188 Hornet during preparations for Exercise Trident Juncture in Bodo, Norway. 


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A rainbow appears behind a Royal Canadian Air Force CF-188 Hornet during preparations for Exercise Trident Juncture in Bodo, Norway. Corporal Bryan Carter/4 Wing Imaging/Canadian Forces/via REUTERS

A rainbow appears behind a Royal Canadian Air Force CF-188 Hornet during preparations for Exercise Trident Juncture in Bodo, Norway. Corporal Bryan Carter/4 Wing Imaging/Canadian Forces/via REUTERS
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Two Royal Canadian Air Force CF-188 Hornets from 401 Tactical Fighter Squadron taxi towards the runway for a flight during preparations for Exercise Trident Juncture in Bodo, Norway. 
Corporal Bryan Carter/4 Wing Imaging/Canadian Forces/via REUTERS

Two Royal Canadian Air Force CF-188 Hornets from 401 Tactical Fighter Squadron taxi towards the runway for a flight during preparations for Exercise Trident Juncture in Bodo, Norway. Corporal Bryan Carter/4 Wing Imaging/Canadian Forces/via REUTERS

Two Royal Canadian Air Force CF-188 Hornets from 401 Tactical Fighter Squadron taxi towards the runway for a flight during preparations for Exercise Trident Juncture in Bodo, Norway. Corporal Bryan Carter/4 Wing Imaging/Canadian Forces/via REUTERS
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German troops of 9. Panzerlehrbrigade and British Army troops of the 4th Infantry Brigade, The Black Rats, form up after crossing a river during Exercise Trident. 

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German troops of 9. Panzerlehrbrigade and British Army troops of the 4th Infantry Brigade, The Black Rats, form up after crossing a river during Exercise Trident. Bundeswehr/via REUTERS

German troops of 9. Panzerlehrbrigade and British Army troops of the 4th Infantry Brigade, The Black Rats, form up after crossing a river during Exercise Trident. Bundeswehr/via REUTERS
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NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg handles a firearm during his visit to the alliance's Exercise Trident Juncture, in Trondheim, Norway. 

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NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg handles a firearm during his visit to the alliance's Exercise Trident Juncture, in Trondheim, Norway. NTB Scanpix/Gorm Kallestad via REUTERS

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg handles a firearm during his visit to the alliance's Exercise Trident Juncture, in Trondheim, Norway. NTB Scanpix/Gorm Kallestad via REUTERS
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Irish troops arrive to Hoek van Holland to travel by land to Norway, as part of the NATO's military excercise, in Hoek van Holland, Netherlands. 

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Irish troops arrive to Hoek van Holland to travel by land to Norway, as part of the NATO's military excercise, in Hoek van Holland, Netherlands. REUTERS/Piroschka van de Wouw

Irish troops arrive to Hoek van Holland to travel by land to Norway, as part of the NATO's military excercise, in Hoek van Holland, Netherlands. REUTERS/Piroschka van de Wouw
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British Army troops of the of the 4th Infantry Brigade, The Black Rats, cross a river during Exercise Trident Juncture near Rena, Norway. 


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British Army troops of the of the 4th Infantry Brigade, The Black Rats, cross a river during Exercise Trident Juncture near Rena, Norway. Bundeswehr/via REUTERS

British Army troops of the of the 4th Infantry Brigade, The Black Rats, cross a river during Exercise Trident Juncture near Rena, Norway. Bundeswehr/via REUTERS
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A Norwegian soldier stands guard as German military equipment is unloaded at Fredrikstad, Norway.  


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A Norwegian soldier stands guard as German military equipment is unloaded at Fredrikstad, Norway. REUTERS/Gwladys Fouche

A Norwegian soldier stands guard as German military equipment is unloaded at Fredrikstad, Norway. REUTERS/Gwladys Fouche
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Warships are seen in action during NATO's Exercise Trident Juncture, in the waters off Trondheim, Norway. 


  
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Warships are seen in action during NATO's Exercise Trident Juncture, in the waters off Trondheim, Norway. NTB Scanpix/Gorm Kallestad via REUTERS

Warships are seen in action during NATO's Exercise Trident Juncture, in the waters off Trondheim, Norway. NTB Scanpix/Gorm Kallestad via REUTERS
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