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Nine-day Norway military manoeuvres imminent. Pan-national operation Exercise Cold Response 2012 is due to begin in northern Norway, Monday, involving around 16,000 personnel from 15 countries. Cold Response takes place bi-annually, hosted by Norway, and involves attendees from partnership countries as well as NATO.Nordic Defence cooperation (NORDEFCO) exchange officer Magnus Eriksson says, “By training together, the countries gain experiences from each other, and at the same time save resources.” NORDEFCO involves forces from Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, and Iceland, and was founded in 2009.

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Nine-day Norway military manoeuvres imminent

Published on Saturday, 10th March, 2012 at 17:47 under the news category, by Lyndsey Smith and Michael Sandelson      .
Last Updated on 10th March 2012 at 18:05.

Pan-national operation Exercise Cold Response 2012 is due to begin in northern Norway, Monday, involving around 16,000 personnel from 15 countries.

Norwegian Home Guard patrol, Cold Response 2010
Norwegian Home Guard patrol, Cold Response 2010
Photo: Ronny Hammarstad Jensen/Norwegian Armed Forces


Cold Response takes place bi-annually, hosted by Norway, and involves attendees from partnership countries as well as NATO.

Nordic Defence cooperation (NORDEFCO) exchange officer Magnus Eriksson says, “By training together, the countries gain experiences from each other, and at the same time save resources.”

NORDEFCO involves forces from Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, and Iceland, and was founded in 2009.

Most of the troops will come from Canada, France, the Netherlands, Sweden, the UK, and US. Some of these troops trained in Norway earlier in the year to prepare for Cold Response.

This year’s manoeuvres in Nordland and Troms counties are focusing on the use of high intensity operations in winter conditions. It will involve troops cooperating over land, sea and air.

These exercises will allow troops to rehearse military action they must take during a time of crisis, as well as allowing them to work in an international environment.

Any land activity is likely to be kept to the main roads around Bjerkvik and Balsfjord with any combat taking place on the established shooting ranges.

Airpower wise, any airplanes and helicopters will operate throughout the area using air bases in Andøya, Bardofuss, Bodø and Ørland. Naval exercises will take place along the coast between Harstad and Tromsø.

“The main purpose of the exercise is to practice on high-intensity- and multi threat operations related to a fictitious UN mandated under UN Chapter VII of the UN Treaty,” Øyvin Larsen, chief of the Exercise Branch in the Norwegian Armed Forces Defense staff, explains.

“The multinational cooperation during the exercise reflects the level of cooperation Norwegian forces might experience in international operations, like Afghanistan, the Gulf of Aden or in Africa,” concludes the senior military man.

Exercise Cold Response 2012 takes place from 12th to 21st March.



Published on Saturday, 10th March, 2012 at 17:47 under the news category, by Lyndsey Smith and Michael Sandelson      .
Last updated on 10th March 2012 at 18:05.

This post has the following tags: norwayexercisecoldresponse, coldresponse2012.





  
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