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The Norwegian Armed Forces end exercise Cold Response

On 11 March, the Norwegian Armed Forces decided to end the ongoing winter exercise in Northern Norway. The exercise will be terminated in a controlled matter.

The Norwegian Armed Forces made the decision Wednesday morning. The exercise will be ended due to the ongoing coronavirus situation in Norway. The decision has been made in close cooperation with Norwegian civilian health authorities.

Lieutenant General Rune Jakobsen, chief of the Norwegian Joint Headquarters, spoke about the decision Wednesday afternoon. He underlines that the Norwegian Armed Forces are very much aware of their responsibility – and the organisation is working hard to prevent any spreading of coronavirus in Norway. The controlled closure allows the Armed Forces to maintain their combat capability, and to support civil society in the time ahead.

"By ending the exercise now, we will also avoid any unnecessary burden to the civilian health care system, for example with illness among soldiers, accidents or corona testing among personnel, Jakobsen says.

Some of the Armed Forces' medical personnel also have positions in the civilian health care sector in Norway, and they are needed there.

Lieutenant General Rune Jakobsen, chief of the Norwegian Joint Headquarters. Photo by Torbjørn Kjosvold, Norwegian Armed Forces

The Norwegian Armed Forces are working to inform all participants and departments. The Armed Forces are also working to find the best way to end the exercise so that we do not expose society and ourselves to any unnecessary risk.

It will still take some time before all materiel and personnel are withdrawn from the exercise area. Participants in the exercise must follow the guidelines from their superiors.

This does not mean that all operational activities in the Norwegian Armed Forces will stop. Our daily operations continue, but some measures are being taken based on the development of the coronavirus in Norway.

Around 14,000 soldiers from nine countries are participating in the Norwegian-led exercise in Northern Norway. The exercise is the largest military exercise in Norway this year, and was scheduled to last until 18 March.

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Published 11 March 2020 12:51. by Norwegian Joint Headquarters. Last updated 11 March 2020 23:15.