The US aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman will participate in one of the most major NATO maneuvers in recent years in Norway to demonstrate to Russia that the US and its allies are ready to defend the Atlantic Ocean, writes Fox News.
This is the first time an American aircraft carrier has been heading to the Norwegian sea since 1987 to take part in the Alliance’s biggest maneuvers since the Cold War, reports the channel .
According to the station, the presence of the vessel in that the sea is a major part of the NATO strategy in the waters between the US and Europe, renewed due to the growing activity of Russian submarines.
“It is a demonstration of our capabilities. We are ready and we are trained and we will protect the Atlantic,” said the supreme commander of the allied forces of Europe, General Curtis Scaparrotti, answering the question about the message that the Alliance wants to send to Moscow with the presence of the aircraft carrier.
The general stated that Russia began to increase its military presence and modernize the Armed Forces, so the US and NATO need to continue training to “continue to dominate in combat capabilities.”
NATO’s Trident Juncture exercises will run from October 25 to November 7 in Norway near the borders of Russia. They will be on the list of major NATO exercises in recent decades with the participation of some 50,000 military personnel from 31 countries, as well as 70 ships and 130 aircraft.
It has been reported that the Alliance plans to conduct 20 “experiments.”
One such experiment will be the development of the operational deployment of a coordination and command module for deployment and control of air forces provided by the Allied countries.
Previously, Lieutenant-General of the Norwegian Armed Forces, Rune Jacobsen, reported that Sweden and Finland, which are not part of the Alliance, will open their airspace for exercise operations.
According to him, the exercises will be carried out at a distance of 1,000 kilometers from the border with Russia, while air operations can take place at a distance of 500 kilometers from the Russian territory.
Military expert Boris Rozhin commented in an interview with the Russian service of Radio Sputnik on the plans of the NATO military.
“The exercises are usually associated with tests of Russian defense capabilities: using unmanned aircraft to inspect Russian military installations, the movement of military forces in border areas, check Russian aviation activity, test Russian electronic warfare systems,” he commented.
According to him, the military will test its own systems of interaction between troops and equipment of countries participating in exercises near the borders of Russia.
“All the data obtained during these exercises are collected in an analytical center and, according to him, recommendations are made, in particular, on the modernization of resources that can be used against Russia in the future,” Rozhin concluded.