The main purpose of Cold Response is to train participants in how to conduct combat operations in cold weather conditions. Northern Norway is ideally suited for winter activities, and it gives participants unique challenges they might not get to experience at home. The environment there is one of vast amounts of snow, icy weather and low temperatures.
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.