A male sailor over looking Reykjavik from HMS Prince of Wales

📸 In Pictures: Largest exercise in Norway since the 80s

35,000 troops have been put through their paces as they trained under the most extreme of climate conditions.

Exercise Cold Response 2022 ran from March to April of 2022 to train its allies and partners to enhance readiness and capabilities.

This has been the largest Norwegian-led exercise conducted in Norway since the 1980s. It is twice as large as the last Cold Response in 2020.

A cloudy landscape of Reykjavik, Iceland 2022
The UK Armed Forces took part in the long-standing NATO exercise in Norway.

Up to 35,000 troops from 28 nations participated, including partner nations, Finland and Sweden.

Of these, 14,000 were land troops, 13,000 sailors and amphibious troops, while the remaining 8,000 were air force personnel and various staff officers based across military bases in Norway.

The USA and UK accounted for the largest part of the allied forces.

Cold Response 2022 in action 📸

Royal Navy aircraft carrier HMS Prince of Wales took its place at the centre of one of the most powerful naval task forces in the world at the start of the largest Arctic exercises for 30 years.
The HMS Prince of Wales Task Group operated in harsh cold weather environments with allies and partners from across NATO.
HMS Prince of Wales stopped by in Reykjavik for a week to show off the Royal Navy’s largest and most advanced warship.
HMS Prince of Wales on a planned deployment to Norway as the NATO Command Ship 2022

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