DV-dagen, Sjef FOH Rune JakobsenDV-dagen, Sjef FOH Rune Jakobsenhttp://forsvaret.no/media/Lists/YouTubeVideoList/DispForm.aspx?ID=154https://youtu.be/eQsWF1lpMEA

B-52 kicked off the exercise

The Norwegian Armed Forces' largest exercise started this week, and the people in Central Norway already got a taste of what to expect in the days to come.

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Thousands of soldiers from fourteen countries are now stationed in Central Norway to participate in the winter exercise Cold Response. Military commanders from different nations were invited to a distinguished visitors' day, Tuesday 1 March.

Among them was Lieutenant General Ben Hodges, Commander of the US Army Europe.

"Today, we witnessed a fantastic military display. This is a great example of Norway's capabilities", Lieutenant General Ben Hodges said.

A flying giant

From a frigate sailing in the Namsen Fjord, the visitors could see the giant of the exercise, an American B-52 Stratofortress, in a low altitude flyover across the fjord and over the town of Namsos.

The Bomber has a wingspan of 56 meters, and is one of three Bombers that the U.S. Air Force has deployed to Cold Response. The three aircrafts will support the ground forces during the exercise.

The article continues under the photos.​

 

 

Britiske HMS Sutherland (F81), Polske ORP General T. Kosciuszko (F273) og det norske Kystvaktfartøyet Olav Trygvason P380) under vinter øvelsen Cold Response 2016 / British HMS Sutherland ( F81 ) , Polish ORP General T. Kosciuszko ( F273 ) and the NorwegiBritiske HMS Sutherland (F81), Polske ORP General T. Kosciuszko (F273) og det norske Kystvaktfartøyet Olav Trygvason P380) under vinter øvelsen Cold Response 2016 / British HMS Sutherland ( F81 ) , Polish ORP General T. Kosciuszko ( F273 ) and the Norwegihttp://forsvaret.no/media/PubImages/20160301tk_C1017.jpghttp://forsvaret.no/media/PubImages/Forms/DispForm.aspx?ID=5555Britiske HMS Sutherland (F81), Polske ORP General T. Kosciuszko (F273) og det norske Kystvaktfartøyet Olav Trygvason P380) under vinter øvelsen Cold Response 2016. Foto: Torbjørn Kjosvold/ Forsvaret
KNM Skudd (P962) under vinterøvelsen Cold Response 2016 / HNoMS Skudd (P962) during winter exercise Cold Response 2016KNM Skudd (P962) under vinterøvelsen Cold Response 2016 / HNoMS Skudd (P962) during winter exercise Cold Response 2016http://forsvaret.no/media/PubImages/20160301tk_R4629.jpghttp://forsvaret.no/media/PubImages/Forms/DispForm.aspx?ID=5557KNM Skudd (P962) under vinterøvelsen Cold Response 2016. Foto: Torbjørn Kjosvold/ ForsvaretThe Norwegian corvette "Skudd" during Cold Response 2016. Photo by Torbjørn Kjosvold, the Norwegian Armed Forces
Et amerikansk B-52 bombefly eskortert av to norske F-16 over Trøndelag under vinterøvelsen Cold Response 2016 / An American B -52 multi-role heavy bomber escorted by two Norwegian F-16 over Trøndelag during winter exercise Cold Response 2016Et amerikansk B-52 bombefly eskortert av to norske F-16 over Trøndelag under vinterøvelsen Cold Response 2016 / An American B -52 multi-role heavy bomber escorted by two Norwegian F-16 over Trøndelag during winter exercise Cold Response 2016http://forsvaret.no/media/PubImages/20160301tk_C1611.jpghttp://forsvaret.no/media/PubImages/Forms/DispForm.aspx?ID=5549Et amerikansk B-52 bombefly eskortert av to norske F-16 over Trøndelag. Foto: Torbjørn Kjosvold/ Forsvaret
Helikopter bak på dekk på HMS Sutherland (F81) under vinter øvelsen Cold Response 2016 / A helicopter onboard HMS Sutherland (F81) during winter exercise Cold Response 2016Helikopter bak på dekk på HMS Sutherland (F81) under vinter øvelsen Cold Response 2016 / A helicopter onboard HMS Sutherland (F81) during winter exercise Cold Response 2016http://forsvaret.no/media/PubImages/20160301tk_C0992.jpghttp://forsvaret.no/media/PubImages/Forms/DispForm.aspx?ID=5550Helikopter bak på dekk på HMS Sutherland (F81) under vinter øvelsen Cold Response 2016. Foto: Torbjørn Kjosvold/ ForsvaretA helicopter onboard HMS Sutherland (F81) during winter exercise Cold Response 2016
En operatør ombord på stridsbåt under vinterøvelsen Cold Response 2016 / Crew member onboard a Norwegian Combat Boat during winter exercise Cold Response 2016En operatør ombord på stridsbåt under vinterøvelsen Cold Response 2016 / Crew member onboard a Norwegian Combat Boat during winter exercise Cold Response 2016http://forsvaret.no/media/PubImages/20160301tk_R4842.jpghttp://forsvaret.no/media/PubImages/Forms/DispForm.aspx?ID=5552En operatør om bord på stridsbåt under vinterøvelsen Cold Response 2016. Foto: Torbjørn Kjosvold/ Forsvaret

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The B-52 participation ​is coordinated with the Norwegian Ministry of Defence and the Norwegian Armed Forces. The Bombers have participated in previous exercises in Norway, and Norwegian soldiers have good experience with the Bombers – including Afghanistan, where the aircraft provided fire support to the ground forces.

During the exercise, the American B-52s will be accompanied by 40 helicopters, 30 fighters and 10 other aircraft.

On the maritime side, 30 vessels will take part, while 1000 vehicles will be present on land.

Met the soldiers

After the flyover, the guests sailed to Namsos, where they got to meet soldiers from the different units participating in the exercise.

Commander of the Norwegian Joint Headquarters, Lieutenant General Rune Jakobsen, is the host of the exercise. He hopes that the allied forces will return to Norway in the future to take advantage of Norway's unique exercise conditions.

"For Norway it is important to train with allied forces. According to our security policies, we are dependent on NATO forces in order to defend Norway", Lieutenant General Jakobsen said.

 

 

Cold Response 2016Cold Response 2016<ul><li> <span style="font-size:1rem;line-height:1.625;">​​​</span><span style="font-size:1rem;line-height:1.625;">​​A Norwegian winter exercise held for the seventh time. The exercise includes activities on land, at sea and in the air. 15,000 soldiers from fourteen nations participate.</span></li><li> <span style="font-size:1rem;line-height:1.625;">The exercise is held in the Trøndelag counties in Central Norway from 19 February to 22 March 2016. The main exercise phase is from 2 to 9 March.</span></li> <li> <span style="font-size:1rem;line-height:1.625;">Norway is world-leading within winter warfare, and we therefore invite our allies and other cooperating nations to train under rough winter conditions. The exercise makes Norway and our partner countries better prepared in the event of an emergency.</span></li><li> <span style="font-size:1rem;line-height:1.625;">Participating materiel: 40 helicopters, 30 fighter jets, 3 naval patrol aircraft, 3 aerial refuelling aircraft, 3 transport aircraft and 3 strategic bombers. Sea and land: 30 naval vessels and more than 1,000 vehicles – including tanks, combat vehicles and trucks.​</span></li></ul>http://forsvaret.no/en/Lists/FactBoxList/DispForm.aspx?ID=4

Published 02 March 2016 15:40. by Sunniva Skjeggestad (text), Rune Håverstad (video) and Torbjørn Kjosvold (photo), the Norwegian Armed Forces Media Centre. Last updated 28 June 2016 10:57.