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April 18, 2022

Iceland-hosted Nato exercise Northern Viking 2022 concludes

The US, Norway, France, Germany, Portugal, and other allied nations took part in the defence exercise.

The US and Nato allied nations have concluded the Iceland-hosted multinational exercise Northern Viking 2022 (NV22) in Keflavik.

US Sixth Fleet executed the multi-domain exercise, which was conducted from 2 to 14 April to enhance interoperability among the participating nations.

The two-week exercise allowed the personnel to practice in harsh environment and unpredictable climates.

Participants of the NV22 practiced a range of training events to improve cooperation and coordination to safeguard the Sea Lines of Communication in the Greenland-Iceland-United Kingdom (GIUK) Gap.

German Navy headquarters in Rostock exercises division commander Arne Pfingst said: “There are several aspects of the exercise that are of specific relevance to us; anti-submarine warfare and cooperation with partner navies are especially important.

“The exercise took place in an area that is of great interest to the German Navy: The North Atlantic around the GIUK gap.”

During the initial week of the training, the participating forces performed coordinated ship handling evolutions, hydrographic and airfield surveys and other air defence scenarios.

Besides, the US and German maritime patrol aircraft along with French and Norwegian surface combatants practiced hunting adversary submarines.

The exercise also witnessed involvement of Icelandic offshore patrol vessel ICGV Þór (UT 512L) and small boats from Arlington, which conducted various visit, board, search and seizure (VBSS) missions.

Apart from the maritime trainings, the Icelandic Coast Guard also performed a rescue mission at the land near Keflavík Air Base.

The Icelandic rescue helicopter carried the trapped and injured people to a nearby temporary medical facility, staffed by the Shock Trauma Platoon members of US Marine Corps (USMC) 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU).

In the second week of the exercise, marines from USMC 22nd MEU and Royal Marine Commandos conducted various events including ship-to-shore missions.

A team of marines and sailors from the USMC 22nd MEU and USS Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group also took part in VBSS missions, tactical recovery of aircraft and personnel and simulated raids on illicit compounds.

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