The Spanish Army is stuffing Motril Port with tanks and support vehicles, which are all going to be shipped off to Norway for a NATO exercise. Admit it, the title had you fishing out your suitcases, didn’t it?
They’re light tanks; CVRs/IFVs, not MTBs, because they belong to a mechanised infantry battalion, so these Pizarro IFVs are something along the lines of the British Army Scorpions.
The combined Nato manoeuvres, code named Trident, will take place between the 20th of October and the 8th of November and are reportedly the largest such military training deployment in the last 20 years.
Besides the above battalion, a detachment from a Mountain Troop infantry regiment (Galicia 6) will accompany them, bless their thick, woollen socks.
They have all been making their way down to Motril Port from their bases around Spain, pending embarking for Trondheim, where they will, Neptune permitting, disembark eight days later.
NATO and partner countries (Sweden and Finland) will be providing 45,000 participants, 150 aircraft, 60 vessels and 10,000 vehicles for a spot of northern fun.
Trident Juncture 18 (abbreviated to TRJE18) is actually a 3-part exercise consisting of three main parts: a phase of deployment lasting from August to October, a live field exercise from 25th October to November the 7th and lastly a command-post exercise between the 13th to 24th of November 2018.
So, there are 30 nations taking part during the whole 3-phase exercise but only 15 by the time of the second phase, which is when the Spanish forces arrive.
(News: Motril, Costa Tropical, Granada, Andalucia)