March 10, 2014
Sixteen Nations Participating in Norway's Cold Response Military Exercise This Week
By Norwwegian Armed Forces
For Norwegian soldiers, this is a very familiar training environment. However, in order to achieve the best possible level of cooperation between those taking part in case of an emergency situation, it is important that everyone has experience of a challenging winter landscape.
In addition to Norway, 15 nations are taking part in the exercise: Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Estonia, Germany, France, Ireland, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and USA.
At a glance
What? Norwegian-led international military winter exercise.
Where? In the counties of Nordland and Troms, Northern Norway. There will also be some activity on Swedish territory, and along the coast in Northern Norway.
When? 7 to 22 March 2014. Main training period 12 to 19 March.
Who? 16,000 soldiers from 16 countries. NATO, Partnership for Peace, NORDEFCO and the Norwegian Red Cross also participate.
Why? To train for emergency and wartime situations in challenging winter conditions, and strengthen cooperation between alliedcountries.
Why Norway? Northern Norway in March offers harsh weather which gives good training conditions and valuable experience for personnel from other countries. This part of the country is also well used to military exercises.