Two NATO carrier groups will sail north for exercise Cold Response

With the aim to train reinforcement of northern Norway, Cold Response will be the largest NATO exercise inside the Arctic Circle since the 1980s. Some 35,000 soldiers from 28 nations will participate and a significant portion of the training that kicks off in March will be at sea and in the air.

…[A] conflict in eastern Europe could spill over to the Arctic as the Kola Peninsula is home to some of Russia’s most powerful weapon systems, including hypersonic cruise missiles and the naval component of the strategic nuclear triad.

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On January 11, the United Kingdom’s Royal Navy announced that its newest aircraft carrier, the “HMS Prince of Wales”, will sail to the Arctic to lead naval involvement in the large-scale Norwegian-led exercise Cold Response.

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First intended to sail through the Suez into the Gulf, the American carrier group “USS Harry S Truman” has…been held in the Eastern Mediterranean. Norway’s frigate “Fridtjof Nansen” is part of the carrier group.

Norway’s Minister of Defense, Odd Roger Enoksen [said] the American carrier group and the Norwegian frigate in February will sail to the North Atlantic where the plan is to take part in the NATO exercise Cold Response 2022.