NATO exercise grows in size and scope

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Another 6,000 US soldiers will be joining the huge NATO exercise that formally gets underway in Norway later this month. They’ll be arriving on the USS Harry S Truman, a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier that’s bound to make waves.

Norwegians generally have an aversion to anything nuclear-powered and don’t like it when either US or Russian nuclear submarines sail along the coast. Now the enormous Truman was reported Tuesday to be on its way to Norway, with not only thousands of soldiers but also a fleet of fighter jets on board.

“This is a very important exercise for us in the US Marines,” General Stephen M Neary told state broadcaster NRK after US Admiral James G Foggo announced the aircraft carrier’s participation at a press conference at NATO headquarters in Brussels on Tuesday. NATO’s so-called Trident Juncture exercise will begin October 25 and run until November 7. staff