The winter exercise Cold Response takes place in an area that stretches from the town of Narvik to Finnmark district in northern Norway. The main part of the exercise will be located in the district of Troms.
From January on, there was visible military activity in some parts of the country, as some of the allied participants arrived in Norway to prepare for the exercise.
Exercise activities are scheduled to take place from 2 to 18 March. The main field exercise was planned from 12 to 18 March. However, on 11 March, the Norwegian Armed Forces decided to end the exercise due to the ongoing coronavirus situation in Norway. The exercise will be terminated in a controlled matter the coming days.
THE AIMS OF THE EXERCISE
Norway is a leading nation in NATO when it comes to cold weather operations, and has extensive experience in this field. This makes Norway a natural and experienced host for winter exercises such as Cold Response.
The main aim of the exercise is to secure the Norwegian Armed Forces and allies' ability to conduct multinational joint exercises with a high-intensity combat scenario in demanding winter conditions.
Another important aspect of the exercise is to train the large amphibious capacities. This means practicing how to master the transition between the coast and the shore by, for example, practicing attacking a target on land from ships with the assistance from amphibious assault ships and helicopters.
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In order to secure freedom, security, predictability and stability it is vital that Norwegian forces train regularly together with allies and partners.
Through exercises such as Cold Response the participants exercise together in demanding weather conditions in a realistic way. This makes Cold Response an important exercise.
Our ability to receive allied reinforcements is essential when it comes to defending Norway in a crisis situation. As a part of the exercise the Norwegian Armed Forces will receive allied forces by collaborating with civilian actors through the total defence concept. The concept is the sum of Norway's civilian and military resources working together to prevent and manage crisis, armed conflicts and wars. If a serious situation should arise, civilian and military forces are mutually interdependent.
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Openness is important
Openness is important for building trust and preventing misunderstandings. Therefore, the Norwegian Armed Forces will make sure to follow the Vienna Document. This is an agreement made between the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) member states. The agreement aims to secure military stability and reduce the risk of war by imposing states to implement security and confidence building measures. Norway will invite observers from all the 56 member nations in OSCE, which also includes Russia, to the exercise.
Cold Response is a Norwegian-led exercise in which NATO-allies and partner nations are invited to participate. Around 14,000 soldiers from the USA, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Germany, France, Belgium, Denmark and Sweden – as well as Norwegian forces – participate in the exercise.
Cold Response is lead by the Norwegian Joint Headquarters and has been conducted biennially since 2006 – with the exception of 2018. In odd-numbered years, the Norwegian Armed Forces conduct a smaller winter exercise.