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"Single Trident": the collapse of illusions

The large-scale NATO military exercise “2018 Single Trident”, which is currently underway in Norway, is designed not only to improve the interaction of the Alliance forces in northern conditions and increase its mobilization capabilities, but also to rally the participating countries, returning their faith in the invincible power of the bloc.

"Single Trident": the collapse of illusions

In the geopolitical plans of the West, the Baltic republics play the role of bait. This is rather cynically reported by a number of Western analysts, while adding that with the current mobilization capabilities of the North Atlantic Alliance, the bait can be eaten before NATO can pull out the bait.

Here, of course, another metaphor would fit more. Baltic limitrofiry perform the role of a minor provocateur, which a more adult punks to pick up a passerby. And when he, indignant at the impudence and rudeness of the youngster, is going to kick his ears, the whole gang comes flying at him with a cry “who offends the little ones!”

However, in our case, the situation looks like a juvenile bully was sent to provoke passersby before the whole gang gathered. By virtue of which, until the punks are ready for combat, the passer-by will not only manage to kick his ears for the impudent bastard, but also quietly go about his business.

At present, the combat readiness and mobilization capabilities of the armies of European NATO countries are small. And if we assume that a conventional war with the use of ground forces and conventional armaments begins in Europe, in which Russia will strike the first blow, it is likely that long before deploying the Alliance's rapid reaction forces, at least half of the continent will be occupied by the Russian troops. This is what the numerous reports of Western think tanks show.

The fact that Russia will sooner or later “lead” on the evil provocations of the border countries and Poland, NATO has no doubt.

Strictly speaking, the West is trying to use the same scheme with which London and Paris in 1939, forced Hitler to move east. Then, instigated by Britain and France, Poland literally did everything possible to provoke Germany: from the closure of German schools and provocations in the Danzig corridor to direct repression and murder of Polish Germans.

But these calculations do not take into account that Russia is not Hitler Germany, does not need “living space”, does not intend to revive the “holy Roman Empire of the German people” and does not carry aggressive plans either in the West or in the East. In addition, if, God forbid, an armed conflict in Europe does flare up, then it will very little resemble the wars of the past with the need to occupy and hold significant territories.

But, be that as it may, the efforts of the United States and the border countries, the admission of which to NATO by the old Europe today is bitterly regrettable, the Europeans have lost confidence in their security and feel themselves hostages of the aggressive policies of Washington.

But for all their dissatisfaction with the Americans, the countries of Europe are in no hurry to go on a free voyage, having left the system that is still comfortable for them. However, this can be prompted by the awareness of the inability of the United States and NATO to protect them in the event of a war provoked or unleashed by the Americans.

The situation is “aggravated” by the fact that in a number of countries of old Europe they seriously doubt that Russia intends to attack them, but they fear that participation in a number of American aggressive programs may turn them into a target for Russian missiles.

Thus, the US intention to withdraw from the INF Treaty has caused considerable concern to their allies. In particular, in Germany, a number of politicians spoke of the need to forbid the Americans to deploy their missiles on the territory of the Federal Republic of Germany in order not to put themselves in jeopardy. They do not believe in the possibility of an American missile defense system to intercept Russian missiles.

Obviously, this is not at all the result to which Washington was striving, inflating the myth of the Russian threat and the great danger from our country.

And in order to fundamentally suppress even the thoughts of Europeans regarding the possibility of “standing aside” in the impending fight, they need to convince them of the inevitability of the victory of the West in the event of war with Russia.

This is one of the main propaganda tasks (along with military and military-technical ones), which Washington and Brussels are striving to achieve with a series of exercises near the borders of the Russian Federation, which have been held over the last time. And the United Trident, the largest NATO exercises since the Cold War, should become a crown of all these efforts and show the world the unity, fighting ability and readiness of the alliance to inflict a crushing defeat on Russia. No one doubts that the exercises are directed precisely against our country, despite the assurances of the leadership of the alliance about their exclusively peaceful and defensive nature.

Recall that Russia, the main potential adversary of NATO, in recent years has conducted large-scale and very effective measures for the lightning transfer and deployment of military groups. And we are talking not only about the teachings, but also about operations in the Crimea and Syria, which have literally taken aback the West, taking him by surprise.

Actually, Trident Juncture (United Trident, TRJE18) should show that the North Atlantic Alliance is fully able to carry out something similar and carry out a rapid deployment of the strike force in the right place. By the way, the choice of Norway is not accidental. First, the proximity to two potential theater of war: to the Baltic States and the Arctic zone (where NATO is also going to contain Russia). Secondly, until recently, this country, despite its membership in the alliance and an important strategic position, categorically objected to the deployment of foreign military on its territory. And the current maneuvers mark the revision of Oslo’s position on this issue, which should be an example for other “doubting” members. And finally, thirdly, the geography of the exercises facilitated the large-scale exercise in them of “neutral” Sweden and Finland, which NATO is actively drawing into its programs.

Because of all this, it is very important that the United Trident show high combat skills and combat capability of the participants, so that everything goes without a hitch.

However, the exercises began with an emergency, which made it necessary to replay the scenario of the event. And it happened with those who were supposed to be the most immaculate - with the Americans.

The day before the official start of the exercise, four US servicemen carrying out logistic transportation, providing training, were injured in a traffic accident.

"The accident occurred when three cars collided, and the fourth vehicle slipped off the road and overturned, trying to dodge a collision with the other three cars," the official information center of the United States of America said.

And on October 26, the USS Gunston Hall American amphibious assault ship was damaged after a storm, and was forced to stop participating in the United Trident. It was also reported that dozens of crew members and marines received "soft tissue injuries."

As a result, the ship went to the port of Reykjavik instead of Norway, and the landing operation, which is one of the central parts of the exercise scenario, was disrupted.

And now the command of the “Single Trident” had to replay the exercise plan on the fly and decide how early to evacuate the troops and equipment, which were supposed to reflect the landing of the landing force.

Regarding the failed landing of the American landing, the sacramental suggests itself: “And if they carried ammunition?”

However, what happened should still be attributed to force majeure. But within the framework of the exercises, which were reportedly taking place “in conditions as close as possible to the fighting ones”, another curious event occurred. British soldiers were forced to remove "all remnants of British land from the 70 armored personnel carriers and Land Rovers" from the XNUMX, attacked by the enemy, to avoid potential contamination of the Norwegian farms, reports The Wall Street Journal.

A Norwegian military veterinarian who monitors the work of the British found dirt in places they didn’t suspect, complained to the British journalist Lieutenant Harry Busby. This situation well illustrates the idea of ​​the Europeans about the upcoming war.

Here you can recall how several years ago Sweden was hurt by hysteria about Russian submarines, allegedly invading the territorial waters of the kingdom. Then the Swedes decided to protect their maritime boundaries from mythical submarines with the help of propaganda of homosexuality. The defense system was called the Singing Sailor.

As reported the publication of The Local, on the seabed near Stockholm mounted protective system "Singing Sailor", which is a neon billboard with the inscription "Welcome to Sweden" in Russian.

The system also sent a Morse code signal: "To you here if you are gay." The shield depicts a sailor in tight underwear against the background of hearts. The system was supposed to “scare away the homophobic captains of Russian submarines hiding in the depths of the sea.”

And four years ago, in the same Norway, British marines refused to perform combat training missions due to low air temperature.

The base commander of the Norwegian base, Lieutenant Colonel Trond Thomassen, explained then that the British have a special attitude to health and safety. They flatly refuse to undergo any professional training every time when the thermometer drops below eight degrees.

Complicates the situation and the fact that in such cold weather soldiers cannot use diapers, which are given to them for the duration of long-term exercises due to the inability to put toilet cabins in the woods, in the mountains and on other rough terrain. After being sent to the diapers, their genitals began to freeze, and for two servicemen they literally froze to the inner surface of a disposable diaper. The British soldiers were unable to cope with the need for snowdrifts - the young generation lost these skills.

Norwegian politician, Labor MP Ida Catherine Balto Bjørnbak told reporters at the time that she was amazed at how soldiers behave. “Let's hope that there will be no winter, no war!” She joked.

For the sake of justice, it is worth noting that, for example, in Latvia, British servicemen completely dispense with diapers during the layoffs, defeating the need on the streets of Riga anywhere, which led to a number of unpleasant incidents with "natives".

Obviously, the Norwegian experience of the British military was taken into account, as a result of which the "northern" exercises are held not in winter, which would be more logical, but in the fall.

All this suggests that at the moment even professional military countries in Europe are infinitely far from the ideals of self-sacrifice, without which it is impossible to talk about fighting spirit, without which victory in the war is unlikely.

After all, the grandchildren of that terrible and cruel our opponent, who could not refuse courage and bravery, today are protesting against the mass rape of their women and arrange marches in mini-skirts and shoes under the slogan "A short skirt is not a reason for violence."

Let's return to the “Single Trident”. According to Newseek, already at the level of training exercises, serious logistical problems have been identified, that is, the central issue of the exercises.

“People underestimate the logistics of combat,” quotes the publication of the words of Elizabeth Brow, an expert at the Royal Joint Institute for Defense Studies. “We are still far behind Russia in terms of moving a large number of troops.”

In the context of the problems identified, alliance officials report that the next step in Europe will be to prepare the capacity to urgently mobilize ships, trucks, and railway rolling stock.

“During the Cold War, European state railways kept thousands of platform wagons ready for emergency transportation tanks. Since 1989, they have been lost in waves of privatization and cost reduction. The purchase of civilian equipment for military purposes is not part of NATO’s spending obligations, so the decision about who will pay for property that is often not used remains a matter of dispute, ”writes The Wall Street Journal. That is, one can expect that this issue, which involves huge expenses, will become another “stumbling block” that calls into question the North Atlantic unity.

By the way, the fate of the INF Committee would be even more serious for Western solidarity, especially after the Russian defense minister warned that Europe needed to know and understand the consequences that would be if deploying medium-range missiles in the continent.

“Not everyone in Europe understands that this decision will have serious consequences ... for Europe - first of all ... And we think it would be very appropriate to have a broader discussion within the framework of NATO and the EU of this decision,” said Sergei Shoigu.

Earlier, US Secretary of Defense James Mattis said that the United States was holding consultations with allied countries in the North Atlantic Alliance in connection with Washington’s intention to withdraw from the INF Treaty, and it appears that they are going extremely hard.

In particular, Die Welt correspondent Christoph Schilz points out that the Mediterranean members of the alliance insist on concentrating not on unnecessary confrontation with Russia, but on eliminating threats on the southern borders of the bloc. The speech, presumably, is about creating a “distant frontier” to counteract illegal migration and “export” religious extremism.

Although the operational-tactical phase of the Trident Juncture will last until 7 in November, it can already be stated that the demonstration of the unbreakable strength and determination of the alliance did not work out.

The German edition of Stern, analyzing the course of the exercises, states: "The invincibility of NATO is an illusion."

In particular, it is indicated that 50 of thousands of soldiers participating in the “Single Trident”, despite the seemingly impressive amount, is all that NATO can currently put up. So, eight thousand soldiers of the Bundeswehr, sent to Norway, were equipped at the expense of other units, where they collected the necessary equipment and equipment.

“Right now, just 8 of thousands of soldiers are in a state of alert. In the case of a real big war, this will be too little. If we assume that someone really thinks of attacking Norway, it is unlikely that he will announce his plans in advance in a year so that the NATO countries will have time to provide their soldiers with woolen socks, ”writes Stern.

However, the Alliance’s obvious unpreparedness for a “normal” war does not remove the main threats associated with the US plans for the preventive use of nuclear weapons. weapons or a lightning-fast, disarming global strike.

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  1. Vard
    Vard 30 October 2018 05: 38
    All NATO military training is under the sign of not believing that Russia will ever attack them ... Hence, this whole mess ... we have the other way around ... Given historical experience ... Once a hundred years, Europe goes to us to receive face ... have to be prepared.
    1. 210ox
      210ox 30 October 2018 06: 51
      Yes, it does. However, how many sacrifices and grief they bring to our country.
    2. jonht
      jonht 30 October 2018 07: 39
      But this time it’s probably not a geyropa, but the FSA, and then if you decide to support the non-European ....
    3. To be or not to be
      To be or not to be 30 October 2018 09: 02
      On October 29, US Air Force Strategic Command began exercise Global Thunder 19 (Global Thunder 2019,)
      A full range of nuclear and cyber warfare issues is being worked out according to one of the options
      Permanent liaison officers at STRATOM from Australia, Canada, Denmark, the Republic of Korea and the United Kingdom take part in the exercise.
      “The nuclear triad is the foundation of strategic deterrence,” said General John E. Heiten, commander of USSTRATCOM. “Such exercises combine our unique capabilities within a joint effort to deter strategic threats and protect the nation. Our forces must be ready and ready to fulfill orders around the world wherever it is needed. ”
      A single command plan that includes strategic deterrence, nuclear operations, space operations, joint operations of the electromagnetic spectrum, global strike, missile defense, and analysis and target selection
      (Unified Command Plan that include strategic deterrence, nuclear operations, space operations, joint electromagnetic spectrum operations, global strike, missile defense, and analysis and targeting.)
      On 24-28 10 2018, NORAD and the Northern Command (USA and Canada) conducted an exercise "Vigilant Shield 19", which is linked by purpose and design
      with US Air Force STRATKOM "Global Thunder-19"
      1. To be or not to be
        To be or not to be 30 October 2018 10: 35
        "On October 29, the US Armed Forces TOZ and the Japanese Self-Defense Forces began the Keen Sword-19 (Sharp Sword) exercise
        for all types of operations in Japan
        The teaching involved:
        - from the US Armed Forces, approximately 10,000 troops from the Pacific Fleet of the US Navy. US Air Force In Japan .7 fleets .5 VA 374 air wings, 18 and 35 airborne. and 3 marine divisions
        - From the Canadian Armed Forces - two ships - participate in the marine part of the exercise
    4. Machito
      Machito 30 October 2018 11: 38
      In a matter of days, Russia deployed a 300th group of troops with armored vehicles for exercises in the Far East.
      NATO has deployed 50 troops to Norway for exercises for a month. Obviously, the mobility and striking power of the Russian ground forces is an order of magnitude superior to NATO.
      50 military men from different countries - this is a Venegret, which needs to be worked out interaction, is not monolithic, and inferior to 000 Russian soldiers in its combat qualities.
    5. antivirus
      antivirus 31 October 2018 02: 03
      for NATO, Switzerland, with our billionaires, is enough to seize - there "needle and eggs with ducks" are kept from the growth of capitalism
    6. GibSoN
      GibSoN 5 November 2018 20: 37
      Once a hundred years, Europe comes to us in the face ...
      Once every 100 years, ideology in Russia changes, from the word completely! And along with the ideology, literally everything changes, including history! And then go figure out who provoked whom .. You don't need to reduce everything to one thing. The story is not based on events alone. In addition, Europe, unlike before, is not at all the same! If earlier all the largest world conflicts occurred over Europe, now Europe is under the US cap! And what is agreed between "them" (in the sense of ours and not ours), the media will not write. So all these graters are just a division of power and spheres of influence. No one is going to fight with anyone. Maximum at the level of yard showdowns, such as one-on-one. Relax already.
  2. Mikhail Matyugin
    Mikhail Matyugin 30 October 2018 06: 26
    Well, well, modern gay ropeans, of course, are great, so to speak, guys with creativity, but ... so far they can't even get close to answering "West-2017"! maybe tolerance is to blame?
    1. Same lech
      Same lech 30 October 2018 06: 54
      The teachings are one thing and the real war with the abomination of death is another ...
      when I was also a naive boy who believed that with a machine gun at the ready I would make all enemies surrender.
      We should more often show the western inhabitants the black inside of the war ... in terms of information.
      1. jjj
        jjj 30 October 2018 10: 27
        People live, do not grieve. And here they are forced to do something not very pleasant. So, you look, and realize that it is much more profitable and easier to be friends with Russia
  3. Conductor
    Conductor 30 October 2018 06: 37
    The army of Mordor gathers at our borders.
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  4. bald
    bald 30 October 2018 06: 47
    Many thanks to the author - laid out everything as if by notes.
  5. rotmistr60
    rotmistr60 30 October 2018 06: 51
    restoring their faith in the indestructible power of the block
    Well, let's say the Balts and Poles do not need to return the faith, because they, by default, happily piss on the ceiling from NATO's presence in their territories. It's another matter to drag neutral countries into NATO, but of course to show once again our "power" to Russia.
  6. maxim1987
    maxim1987 30 October 2018 06: 51
    On the seabed near Stockholm, a “Singing Sailor” security system was installed, which is a neon billboard with the words “Welcome to Sweden” in Russian.

    we must ask the Norwegian submariners to demonstrate how they open the "vents" under water to look at this luminous inscription. laughing Great stupidity in Norway, but nowhere to retreat - [b] behind [b] USA
  7. sesame
    sesame 30 October 2018 07: 01
    I was pleased with the first photo, it seems that all the members of this photo have each other. Well, right, the whole hidden symbol of NATO.
  8. Stils
    Stils 30 October 2018 09: 22
    Quote: sezam
    I was pleased with the first photo, it seems that all the members of this photo have each other. Well, right, the whole hidden symbol of NATO.

    Hmmm ... still amused that the British soldiers are not able to cope with the need for a snowdrift, there are no skills ... Murzilka magazine, damn it laughing
    1. Lara Croft
      Lara Croft 4 November 2018 01: 15
      Quote: Stils
      Quote: sezam
      I was pleased with the first photo, it seems that all the members of this photo have each other. Well, right, the whole hidden symbol of NATO.

      Hmmm ... still amused that the British soldiers are not able to cope with the need for a snowdrift, there are no skills ... Murzilka magazine, damn it laughing

      The author forgot to write (or did not know) that the British and Norwegians had electrically heated clothes back in the 80s, you can delve into the archives of the ZVO, read it personally ...
      1. mister-red
        mister-red 4 November 2018 22: 57
        Why don’t you put it on?
  9. Irbenwolf
    Irbenwolf 30 October 2018 14: 00
    The system also sent a Morse code signal: "To you here if you are gay." The shield depicts a sailor in tight underwear against the background of hearts. The system was supposed to “scare away the homophobic captains of Russian submarines hiding in the depths of the sea.”

    It can’t be that Europe is so stupefied! This is incomprehensible to the mind!

    The worst thing is that they find money for it, which means they believe in what they are doing !!!

    They can click on the Button, thinking that they are "like"! ...
  10. My three penny
    My three penny 31 October 2018 10: 02
    The article is similar to a humorous performance in the style of Zadornov.
    1. Sanichsan
      Sanichsan 31 October 2018 14: 58
      Quote: My three pennies
      The article is similar to a humorous performance in the style of Zadornov.

      campaign, the teachings themselves, too. laughing
  11. Wildcat
    Wildcat 2 November 2018 01: 05
    An interesting video about the exercises (equipment and electronic maps), part of the press demonstration.

    [media = https: // jwsource = cl]
  12. Lara Croft
    Lara Croft 4 November 2018 01: 12
    The article has a lot of fakes, for example, one of them:
    And four years ago, in the same Norway, British marines refused to perform combat training missions due to low air temperature.

    The British Royal MP from the 3rd Brigade, constantly with the Dutch, conducts exercises in the north of Norway in the cold season, it was like that in the time of the twentieth century, and now ....
    The purpose of the article was apparently to expose NATO troops as fools ....