NATO Constructs Tent City in Spain for Largest Military Drills in History

© AP Photo / Daniel TejedorSpanish Navy Marines take positions during a military exercise in the Garrucha beach near Almeria, Spain
Spanish Navy Marines take positions during a military exercise in the Garrucha beach near Almeria, Spain - Sputnik International
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More than 30 countries are to participate in the Exercise Trident Juncture 2015 in Spanish Zaragoza.

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WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — NATO is constructing a tent city in the Spanish city of Zaragoza to host more than 650 command and control staff in preparation for the largest joint exercise in more than a decade, the alliance announced in a press release on Tuesday.

Approximately 36,000 personnel from more than 30 NATO and partner nations will participate in Exercise Trident Juncture 2015.

The drills are scheduled to take place in September throughout southern and central Europe, and across the Atlantic Ocean and Mediterranean Sea.

Commander of the Support Group Philip Morrison noted in the release the construction of Zaragoza Joint Task Force Headquarters faced numerous challenges.

"We are encountering challenges that we did not anticipate, but the lessons we learn will be valuable for NATO in the future," Morrison said.

The Trident Juncture exercise was announced more than a year ago by NATO’s Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen. Russia and more than 12 major international organizations have been invited to observe the exercises.

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