Although it is true that success may be measured in different ways and forms, it was of little concern for NATO commanders that the task force began losing ships without the opposition even showing up on the horizon.
For instance, in the course of the military games Norway’s KNM Helge Ingstad collided with an oil tanker and sank. A total of eight sailors suffered severe injuries, while the crew of 138 men was forced to abandon the frigate in a bid to save their lives.
It’s curious that Helge Ingstad was equipped with the Aegis combat system that should have been transmitting data from other ships and aerial vehicles to increase the survivability of the ship by increasing the situational awareness of its crew. Yet, this system has somehow managed to miss an oil tanker.
To make matters worse, a report released by the Royal Canadian Navy states that a ‘minor fire’ broke out in a gas-turbine engine on board HMCS Halifax during the course of Trident Juncture.
Further still, the USS Harry S.Truman carrier-led strike group had to abandon their allies at the height of an imaginary battle as its commander, rear admiral Eugene Black got overly concerned with a storm approaching the Northern Atlantic.
One can only imagine that if Russian forces would make a presence amid the exercise, the consequences could be far more disastrous for the formidable force assembled by Washington in Norway.
Yet, the MSM carries on with its extensive anti-Russian propaganda campaign to make it clear for everyone that Russia is an aggressor and every country on the face of this planet must be prepared for an imminent Russian invasion.
It goes without saying that this narrative is the only way for NATO to justify its aggressive and dangerous posture in the immediate vicinity of Russia’s borders.
Maybe today’s hotheads will sober up a little when those European capitals participating in Washington’s military games become permanent targets of Russian nuclear missiles?
Or maybe it is just smarter to turn one’s back on Washington’s never-ending saber-rattling and start working together with Russia in a bid to improve living conditions of regular Europeans?
Russia Insider / ABC Flash Point Trade News 2018.