Exercise TRIDENT JAGUAR 16 (TRJR16) was conducted from 4 to 13 May at the Joint Warfare Centre (JWC) in Stavanger, Norway and at NRDC-T facilities in Istanbul, Turkey.
TRJR 16 is an Allied Command Transformation (ACT) sponsored Command Post/Computer Assisted Exercise (CPX/CAX). The 11-day exercise is directed by German Army Major General Reinhard Wolski, Commander Joint Warfare Centre (JWC).
The exercise provided the conditions to evaluate and certify NATO Rapid Deployable Corps - Turkey (NRDC-T) as a land-heavy NATO Joint Task Force Headquarters (JTF HQ). The exercise focused on planning and conducting a Crisis Response "Small Joint Operation" that was land-centred (SJO L) and involving high intensity warfighting.
The fictitious exercise scenario, SKOLKAN 2.0, provided an asymmetric conflict environment with many operational dilemmas that the Training Audience would address in an actual real-world operation. The scenario focuses on management of a non-Article 5 crisis in a fictitious non-NATO nation. The staff will be responsible for commanding air and land forces, logistics and Special Forces, as well as maritime capabilities.
The purpose of the exercise is to train NATO’s joint forces on Command and Control (C2) and interoperability, allowing them to deploy and train together in a demanding environment while demonstrating NATO’s capabilities and readiness to face a high-intensity crisis.
Simply put, a CPX is a computer assisted simulation with no live fire or manoeuvre exercises associated.
During the CPX the Training Audience was exposed to several hundred injects as part of the scripted material known as the Main Events List/Main Incidents List (MEL/MIL).
“Although I can’t assess the overall success of the exercise from an EXCON perspective, I can definitely say that our JWC Team, augmented by hundreds of external participants together did an outstanding job. To all of them I’d like to address my highest gratitude,” said German Army Lieutenant Colonel Peter Mientus, JWC’s Chief MEL/MIL for the exercise.
In regard to his role as Chief MEL/MIL he added: “It was a long way of MEL/MIL preparations during the last six months and it was fascinating to see, how all of this came together and resulted in a realistic and comprehensive exercise play.”
For JWC, planning for TRIDENT JAGUAR 16 began in January 2015.
JWC’s Officer of Primary Responsibility (OPR) for TRIDENT JAGUAR 16 Royal Norwegian Navy Commander Tom Robertsen has led the exercise process since its early days. At ENDEX Robertsen said: “The experience and cohesion amongst the planning team at JWC made it easier to be the OPR. This also made it easier to execute and cooperate as one team in two locations.”
He then added: “The professionalism and experience in the whole EXCON structure – internals as well as externals – allowed for good solutions to be developed in a very challenging exercise design.”
Visits to EXCON during TRIDENT JAGUAR 16
Rear Admiral Ketil Olsen, from the Royal Norwegian Navy visited the JWC on Wednesday, 11 May. Rear Admiral Olsen will soon be appointed Vice Admiral and the new Norwegian military representative to the Military Committee in NATO. Rear Admiral Olsen has significant international experience, including 6 years of service in the NATO Command Structure, including being Branch Head of Defense Planning in the Allied Command Transformation Staff Element, Europe from 2004 to 2007. During the visit he was given more of an understanding of JWC’s contribution to Command Post Exercises and how the JWC trains and exercises NATO’s Command Structure and NATO’s Force Structure.
Additionally, Brigadier General Arne Opperud, Royal Norwegian Army, Chief of Staff also visited the JWC during the execution phase of the exercise.