The Harry S. Truman Aircraft Carrier Strike Group has entered the Norwegian Sea - the first US carrier deployment to the Arctic in nearly three decades - to join 30 NATO allies and partner nations in exercise Trident Juncture 2018, the Navy announced in a press release on Friday.
"The Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group (HSTCSG) will expand its complement of capabilities off the coast of Norway, performing air, surface and subsurface operations while being confronted by the trio of freezing temperatures, fierce winds, and unpredictable seas," the release stated. "After honing its skills independently, HSTCSG will join 30 NATO allies and partner nations to participate in Trident Juncture 2018."
The USS America was the last US aircraft carrier to operate in the area, participating in NATO exercise North Star in September 1991, the release noted.
Trident Juncture will take place in Norway and surrounding areas of the North Atlantic and the Baltic Sea, including Iceland and the airspace of Finland and Sweden from October 25 to November 23, the release said.
More than 50,000 participants — including 14,000 US service members — are expected to participate, utilizing approximately 150 aircraft, 65 ships, and more than 10,000 vehicles in support of the exercise, according to the release.