Royal Navy Finishes Arctic Exercises

The Royal Navy has finished its Arctic exercises known as the Cold Response 2022, the largest military exercise in Norway since the Cold War.

More than 3,000 sailors and Royal Marines were deployed in the Arctic Circle, working and coping with temperature as low as -30 degrees Celsius. More than 27,000 personnel, warships, armor, and air power from the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) allies also joined the exercises.

The Royal Marines practiced new raiding tactics for missions on Norwegian coastline while the Royal Navy trained in launching commando raids from submarines and in operating fifth-generation aircraft carrier in sub-zero conditions. Divers from Her Majesty’s Ship (HMS) Grimsby dived into the cold to neutralize mines for a safe passage of the task force.

Captain Steve Higham, HMS Prince of Wales commanding officer, said that exercises around the Arctic build experiences that allow the Royal Navy “to push the boundaries of UK carrier operations in the cold, harsh environment.”

The Royal Navy maritime Wildcat helicopters used Seaspray radar, a technology used to detect suspicious ships, to provide intelligence and firepower on the ground.

UK Defence Secretary Ben Wallace said that the United Kingdom will continue to exercise its long-term commitment to secure the regions of Norway. He also reaffirmed UK’s commitment to regularly deploy Royal Navy and Royal Marine assets to the High North.

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