UK maritime personnel are set to participate in Exercise Cold Response, a cold-weather training exercise involving 12 Nato and partner countries.
The exercise will witness the participation of 750 personnel from the Royal Navy and Royal Marines, along with two warships; the Type 23 frigates HMS Iron Duke and HMS Sutherland.
Set to be hosted by Norway, the exercise will also involve Denmark, the Netherlands, Sweden, and the US.
The participation of UK personnel follows Defence Secretary Michael Fallon’s announcement to almost double its deployments to Nato exercises and activities at sea this year.
Fallon said: "This underlines the UK’s resolve to defend our northern allies at sea. We are spending more on defence and increasing our maritime commitment to Nato in 2016. All of this sends a clear message that we will respond to any threat in an increasingly dangerous world."
Around 350 Royal Marines from 3 Commando Brigade will collaborate with their Dutch marine counterparts during the exercise, which covers drills on land, sea and in the air.
The exercise seeks to display the flexibility and speed of response to strengthen Nato’s northern flank.
It is deemed as the UK’s attempt to contribute to Nato’s Assurance Measures and offers significant training value to personnel.
With this exercise, the UK’s cold weather warfare specialists will conclude their annual cold weather training period in Norway.
The UK Navy is also participating in Nato’s submarine warfare exercise, Dynamic Manta 2016 (DYMA 16), off the Sicilian coast.
Image: Marine personnel engaged during Exercise Cold Response. Photo: courtesy of Crown Copyright.