Exercise information for journalists

Nyhet   •   feb 24, 2016 15:51 CET

Exercise Cold Response 2016 is approaching. 15,000 soldiers from 14 nations are coming to Central Norway to further improve their ability to deal with challenging winter conditions.

In addition to Norway, thirteen nations participates in the exercise. It will strengthen contributions from Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Netherlands, Poland, Sweden, USA, Germany, Spain and UK. The contributions are in terms of sea, land, air and special forces, in total 15000 soldiers will participate in the exercise.

Cold Response 2016 is a Norwegian exercise with international participation. The goal is to practice on high-intensity operations under demanding winter conditions.

Cold Response 2016 is an important exercise that facilitates that soldiers from different nations get practice in an international environment. In addition to manage demanding climate and weather conditions the soldiers from

different nations will have to master common language and procedures. In that way, both Norway and partner countries will be even better equipped to stand together in a crisis situation.


The exercise lasts from February 19 to March 22 and is divided into three parts: a preparatory phase which lasts from February 19 to March 1, the training period lasts from 2 to 9 March, and the final phase lasts from 10 to 22. March.

Some of the naval forces will be present with several ships in Trondheim 26 - 28 February. On March 1 there will be a VIP day where the participating forces demonstrate their capacities. This will happen in Namsos, and the media will get a separate invitation to this.

On February 26, the Press Center for the exercise will be established on Finsås Kurssenter. Journalists who wish to cover the exercise can visit us there for accreditation.

On March 2, Minister of Defense, Ine Marie Eriksen Søreide visits the exercise

On 3 March, the US Marine Corps will be exercise amphibious landing operations in the vicinity of Namsos. Time and place will be announced.

On March 5, Prime Minister Erna Solberg will visit the exercise. Media will be invited to accompany her between 10:00 and 12:00 at Værnes.

The 7th and 8th March His Majesty King Harald will visit exercise.

On March 9 Lieutenant General Rune Jakobsen, chief NJHQ and the exercise director, will summarize exercise.

Please contact the press center at info@njhq or tel: 400 29 699 (operational between 02.26.16 to 03.15.16)