US Marine Corps units from II Marine Expeditionary Force are preparing to join Norway’s biennial Exercise COLD RESPONSE 22 (CR22).
USMC Press Release, Bodø, 11 March 2022: [For immediate release] Thousands of US Marines and Sailors are scheduled to participate in Norway’s Exercise COLD RESPONSE 22, the ninth iteration of this exercise, occurring from March 14 – April 1, 2022.
The exercise is designed to enhance military capabilities and allied cooperation during a high-intensity warfighting scenario in a challenging Arctic environment with rugged terrain and extreme cold weather. This iteration will emphasise and test critical activities ranging from the reception of allied and partner reinforcements and command and control interoperability, to combined joint operations, maritime prepositioning force logistics, integration with The Royal Netherlands Navy, and reacting against an adversary force in a dynamic training environment.
US forces began training in Norway in December as Marine units conducted cold weather training and planning in the lead-up to the exercise. Approximately 200 military vehicles, attack and assault aircraft and other equipment departed Camp Lejeune, NC., in January as part of II Marine Expeditionary Force’s participation in Exercise COLD RESPONSE 2022.
US forces travelling to Norway are following COVID-19 mitigation protocols. All deploying troops are vaccinated, and tested before and after travel. Self-sufficient logistics and medical components are structured to support the Marines and Sailors in event of emergencies.