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NATO MILITARY EXERCISE 'COLD RESPONSE 2022'

Context

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) will hold the massive military simulation 'Cold Response 2022' in Norway from March 14 to April 1, 2022. 

Key Points

  • The NATO Allies and Partners exercise is held in Norway every two years.
  • Norway and its allies practise defending Norway against external threats in a long-planned and defensive exercise known as Cold Response. 
  • Long before the war in Ukraine, the exercise was organised and publicised.

Phases of NATO's Cold Response 2022

(March 14 – April 1)

  • Phase 1 – Naval Operations in the Atlantic
  • Phase 2 – Air heavy operations
  • Phase 3 – Amphibious landing and land battle drills

The Exercise's Goal

Since 2006, this exercise has been undertaken biennially off the coast of Norway to increase the alliance's collaboration and military capability. This training takes place in a combat arena that replicates the severe Arctic environment, complete with freezing temperatures and difficult terrain.

The Exercise's Scenario for 2022

The scenario for this year is that Norway is being invaded, and Article 5 has been implemented to ensure the country's collective defence. This exercise is also intended to strengthen the alliance's eastern flank.

Other features

  • The Norwegian-led exercise allows troops to train together in cold weather over rugged terrain, demonstrating NATO's capacity to respond decisively to any threat coming from any source. 
  • The 2022 version of the exercise will have 30,000 personnel from 27 countries and 220 aircraft, and more than 50 vessels. 
  • Since the 1980s, Norway has been conducting the largest' Cold Response' drill.

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