Beach Assault with Royal Marines and Royal Navy Personnel from 539 Assault Squadron, with a Landing craft Air Cushioned (LCAC) Hovercraft. . Picture: Royal Navy
The UK is also committing Type-23 frigates HMS Iron Duke and HMS Sutherland, each carrying around 200 Royal Navy personnel.
The purpose of the exercise is to demonstrate the flexibility and speed of response to reinforce NATO’s northern flank. It forms part of the UK contribution to NATO’s Assurance Measures.
Exercise Cold Response offers significant training value. The Royal Marines are the UK’s cold weather warfare specialists and this exercise concludes their annual cold weather training period in Norway.
Commander Ben Aldous, Commanding Officer of HMS Iron Duke, said:
Iron Duke has been operating as part of Standing NATO Maritime Group 1 (SNMG1) for the past six weeks and we are already seeing real benefit in working as a Task Group. Cold Response will see a step increase in tempo as we start working with land and air forces – this will be a real show of what NATO and its partners are capable of.
Having worked and trained hard over the past 12 months my crew are ready for the challenge this exercise will bring.
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