The large-scale NATO exercise Cold Response has ended. Between 14 and 22 March, 16,000 military personnel from 15 countries trained in Norway for counter-terrorism situations under cold weather conditions.
One of the lessons learned for the next exercise in 2014 is the need for better harmonisation of the various communication systems.
The Netherlands Defence organisation sent 800 military personnel to take part in the exercise, including a large maritime detachment and units from the army and air force. The Dutch units left the Norwegian training area on 21 March, after a simulated attack lasting 48 hours. The emphasis was on beating off air attacks, combating submarines and covertly landing amphibious units. The scenario also included taking terrorists into custody.
Naval Today Staff , March 30, 2012; Image: defensie