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Nordic Response 2024

This March, thousands of Norwegian and allied soldiers will exercise together in defending the Nordic region.

The Norwegian military exercise Cold Response has a long history and takes place in Northern Norway every other year. Thanks to the NATO expansion with Finland and eventually Sweden, we are now expanding the exercise to a Nordic Response.

Over 20,000 soldiers from 13 allied nations are participating in the exercise. Of these, approximately 10,000 will be on land and will be the most visible during the exercise. The participating nations are: Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, the United Kingdom, and the USA.

How the exercise will be conducted:

The exercise will have its focal point in northern Norway, Sweden, and Finland, as well as in the corresponding airspace and sea areas. There will be particularly high activity at sea with over 50 registered submarines, frigates, corvettes, aircraft carriers, and various amphibious vessels.

In the air, more than 100 fighter jets, transport aircraft, maritime surveillance aircraft, as well as allied CH43 Super Stallion, Merlin, Cobra, and Osprey will participate. On the ground, thousands of soldiers will defend and protect Nordic territory with various artillery systems, tanks, tracked vehicles, and other land vehicles.

Nordic Response 2024 is part of the record-breaking NATO exercise Steadfast Defender taking place in the belt of Germany–Poland–Baltic during the winter of 2024.

Nordic Response is also closely integrated with the British-led naval exercise Joint Warrior, which unfolds in the sea between Scotland, Norway, and Iceland the week before.

Where and When

The main part of the Nordic Response exercise activities takes place in the northern Nordic region 3–14 March 2024. In Norway, most of the activity will be from Bjerkvik and inner Troms, extending northeast to Alta and Central Finnmark. Additionally, there will be significant activity in the sea areas off Troms and Finnmark.

Throughout the winter, there will also be widespread allied military presence in Northern Norway, with training, preparations, and various allied exercise activities. This is done to ensure that allied forces are as well-prepared as possible to train in Nordic winter conditions.

Why do we exercise?

Nordic Response demonstrates that NATO has a clear capability, will, and strength to defend its territory and its northern flank. Through allied collaboration, we show that the alliance can operate effectively and unitedly to maintain our collective security.

NATO is the cornerstone of Norway's security. Therefore, it is essential for Norway that allied forces regularly train in our areas. Moreover, NATO forces need continuous experience and knowledge to operate in our cold, Arctic climate. With Finland and soon Sweden as allied neighbours, the exercise contributes to closer Nordic integration within the framework of NATO. The exercise also strengthens the operational total defence cooperation in the Nordic countries, leading to better collaboration in peace, crisis, and conflict. Closer operational cooperation in the Nordic region enhances NATO's ability to defend the Nordic area.

Nordic Response is a defensive and transparent exercise, and it is conducted in accordance with international agreements and obligations.