Cold Response 2016 is held in the Trøndelag counties in Central Norway from 19 February to 22 March. The main exercise phase lasted from 2 to 9 March. 15,000 soldiers from 14 nations participate.
This year, the following nations participate in Cold Response: Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Latvia, the Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Sweden, the USA, the United Kingdom and Norway. In addition, there are several participating units from NATO.
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Norwegian winter can be extreme, and the cold and changing conditions might be unfamiliar and surprising to many. In case of an emergency, military personnel need experiece with combat operations in cold weather.
Norway is ideally suited for this kind of winter training, and exercises like Cold Response give us the opportunity to test and confirm our plans and tactics. Cold Response also strengthens cooperation between military and civilian organisations, and military cooperation between the participating countries.
You will find updated photos from Cold Response in our media archive. The photos are free, and can be used for non-commercial purposes as long as you follow good customs of journalism, and the pictures are credited.