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Meet NATO’s Very High Readiness Joint Task Force (WITH SUBS)

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Meet NATO’s quick reaction force, the Very High Readiness Joint Task Force.

Synopsis

In the event of a crisis, NATO turns to its Very High Readiness Joint Task Force (VJTF), a rapidly deployable, multinational force capable of quickly bringing air, land, maritime and Special Operations forces to bear.

The VJTF will play a critical role in Trident Juncture 2018, a large NATO exercise involving some 40,000 troops from more than 30 nations.

This video features the German Army’s 9th Armoured Brigade, which will lead the VJTF in 2019, and Norway’s Telemark Battalion, which will also participate in the VJTF starting next year. The United Kingdom currently leads the VJTF, which is staffed by Allies on a rotational basis.

Shots: German armour crossing a river via ferry; Norwegian troops engaging in close-quarters urban combat.

Soundbites from Brigadier General Ulrich Spannuth, who will lead the VJTF’s land component in 2019, and Norwegian Capt. Brage Reinaas.

Transcript

Norwegian soldiers vault over a wall

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MEET THE VERY HIGH READINESS JOINT TASK FORCE

Various slow-mo shots of Norwegian and German troops in combat training

Drone shots of German Marder infantry fighting vehicle loading onto ferry

Slow-mo shots: Norwegian troops running through smoke

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NATO’S QUICK REACTION FORCE


German troops advancing in a line along a wall


Norwegian troops blow open a door and enter a building


A German soldier picks up his rifle and moves out

Shot of Belgian F-16 Fighting Falcons in flight

Shot of an Italian frigate underway

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RAPIDLY DEPLOYABLE ON LAND, IN THE AIR AND AT SEA

Portrait of a Norwegian soldier looking down his rifle

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Brig Gen Ullrich Spannuth (GER)
Commander, VJTF Land Component

–SOUNDBITE— (English)
Brig Gen Ullrich Spannuth
“The VJTF is a highly capable, multinational and robust fighting force which is prepared to react on behalf of NATO on any crisis, wherever it may occur.”

Shots of German soldiers loading a raft onto a tank

Shots of Dutch infantry patrolling through the snow in Lithuania



Slow-mo shots: German troops moving through woods, Norwegian troops moving through urban environment

Slow-mo shots of German troops springing into action

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8000 SOLDIERS
FROM 9 NATIONS

A German Marder loads onto a ferry

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READY TO MOVE WITHIN 48 HOURS

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Capt Brage Reinaas (NOR)
Telemark Battalion

–SOUNDBITE— (English)
Capt Brage Reinaas

“So it’s for us a natural thing to support other Allies and the VJTF is a part of the collective defence of Europe. It’s our responsibility to show up when we are called upon.”

Slow-mo shots of Norwegian troops

Shots of Norwegian Leopard II Main Battle Tanks

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