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Prime Minister and Defence Minister visits NATO exercise Trident Juncture

Prime Minister Erna Solberg and Minister of Defence Frank Bakke-Jensen will visit the military exercise Trident Juncture at Røros and Rena Saturday 27 october. Sunday 28th Norway’s Defence Minister will visit Swedish Forces in Røros area together with the Swedish Defence Minister. In addition, he will visit the Rena area in connection with visits from the Dutch and German Defence Ministers. The Defence Minister also participates in DV Day 30 October at Byneset in Trondheim.

Note to editor:

It will be possible, for accredited press, to follow the visit to the Norwegian Brigade Nord at Røros and Rødsmoen camp at Rena.

Saturday 27th: Visit to the Norwegian Brigade Nord and Armoured Battalion in the Røros area

12:55 Prime Minister meets NATOs Admiral James Foggo, who is the leader for Trident Juncture. In addition, Chief of the Brigade Lars Lervik will receive the Prime Minister for the visit to the Armoured Battalion. There will be a display of some of the military equipment that are in use in the field. There will be opportunities to interview representatives from the Norwegian Army, in addition to the Prime Minister and Admiral Foggo.

Saturday 27th: Visit to Camp Rødsmoen and a German multinational force at Rena

16:15: Prime Minister visits the German led multinational brigade (VJTF) at Camp Rødsmoen by Rena camp. The brigade mainly consists of soldiers from Germany, Norway and the Netherlands, but other countries also participates. There will be a brief by the leadership of the brigade, a short meeting with soldiers and display of VJTF equipment.

Press contacts

Sign up per email to eirin.larsen@smk.dep.no. Participants will be given information by the Norwegian Army point of contacts about meeting place and time in the field.


Private note to press: It will be possible for accredited press to follow parts of the visits below. Here is an overview. There may be adjustments to the program.  

Sunday 28/10: Defence ministers from Norway and Sweden visit Swedish multinational force south of Røros

It is not planned a separate press conference, but media who wish to participate in this can contact us to discuss the possibilities to cover the field visit. Sweden participates in the exercise with a whole brigade. The brigade is reinforced with a Finnish light infantry company.

Press contacts:

  • For Minister of Defence: For forsvarsministeren: Lars Gjemble, 90973891, lars.gjemble@fd.dep.no
  • Press Secretary Maja Zachrisson on mobile +46 70 219 81 64


Monday 29/10: Defence Minister visits the VJTF brigade together with the Dutch Defense Minister at Camp Rødsmoen, Rena

We are setting up a press conference with the display of military equipment and personnel. There will be short statements from both ministers and answers to questions. Possibility of speaking with soldiers in addition to the two states' defense managers.

The German-led multinational VTFJ19 brigade has four battalion battle groups from four different nations, including mechanized from Germany, the Netherlands and Norway (Telemark battalion).

Press contacts:

  • Communications Advisor Lars Gjemble +47 90973891
  • Communications Adviser Sascha Louwhoff +31 (0) 70 318 88 88  


Tuesday 30/10: Defence Minister attends press conference with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg

NATO's Secretary-General and Norway's Defence Minister have a joint press conference, which is open to accredited / registered journalists to NATO.

Contact person for the defence minister is

  • Communications Manager Ingrid Dåsnes at +47 45241874
  • Communications Advisor Lars Gjemble +47 90973891


Wednesday 31/10: Defence Minister visits the VJTF brigade together with Germany's Defence Minister at Camp Rødsmoen, Rena

We are preparing for a larger press conference in the morning with the display of military equipment and personnel.

There will be statements from both ministers and answers to questions to the media. The German-led Multinational Very High Readiness Joint Task Force, Country (VJTF-L) 19 Brigade. VJTF-L is the initial force that is actively part of NATO's plans to enable a fast allied effort.

Press contacts:

  • Communications Advisor Lars Gjemble +47 90973891
  • Lieutenant Lieutenant Tilman von Plüskow on mobile phone +49 (0) 171 3344540  


For general questions about media activities scheduled during the exercise, it is recommended to contact the NATO Press Center. See https://forsvaret.no/fakta/aktivitet/ovelser/trident-juncture/presse

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