The US and several NATO Allied Nations have commenced the US Sixth Fleet’s Exercise Northern Viking 2022 (NV22) in Keflavik, Iceland.
Among the countries participating in this exercise, which began on 2 April, include France, Germany, Iceland, Norway, Portugal, the UK and the US.
Their combined forces bring several capabilities to the exercise across the air, land and at-sea domains.
US Navy and Marine Corps forces participating in the exercise include P-8A Maritime Patrol Aircraft from Keflavik Air Base, the Henry J Kaiser-class underway replenishment oiler USNS Patuxent (T-AO-201), the USS Kearsarge (LHD 3) Amphibious Ready Group / 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit, the Virginia-class attack submarine USS John Warner (SSN 785), and sailors from Task Force 68.
US Sixth Fleet commander Vice Admiral Gene Black said: “The strong relationship between the U.S. and Iceland, especially in the maritime, dates back more than 70 years.
“We look forward to operating side-by-side with our Icelandic Allies while enhancing professional relationships and improving overall coordination with Allied Nations.”
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Exercise Northern Viking 2022 is being held to bolster interoperability and force readiness between the US, Iceland and Allied Nations.
NV22 also enables implementation of command and control of joint and coalition forces in Iceland’s defense, and the Sea Lines of Communication in the Greenland-Iceland-United Kingdom Gap.
The exercise covers expeditionary and construction capability, amphibious landings, search and rescue, and humanitarian assistance.
The forces of the participating nations will be demonstrating skills across multiple domains, climates, and vignettes to improve interchangeability and interoperability.
Iceland’s Minister for Foreign Affairs Thórdís Kolbrún Reykfjörd Gylfadóttir said: “We are ready to host once again the Northern Viking exercise with our American counterparts here in Iceland.
“We enjoy a strong and enduring relationship with the United States and we look forward to a highly successful event.”
Based in Naples, Italy, the US Sixth Fleet carries out the complete spectrum of joint and naval operations, mostly in concert with Allied and interagency partners, to boost US national interest and security in Europe and Africa.