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Norwegian Minister of Defense Ine Marie Eriksen Søreide leaves shortly after talking with the U.S. Marines of Task Force 1/8 at a training area near Steinkjer, Norway during Exercise Cold Response March 2, 2016. Cold Response is a multi-national exercise combining the efforts of 12 NATO allies and partner nations and approximately 15,000 troops taking place across Norway. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Dalton A. Precht/released)

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Allied Strong: Norwegian Minister of Defense visits Cold Response 16 forces

3 Mar 2016 | Cpl. Dalton Precht II Marine Expeditionary Force

The Norwegian Minister of Defense visited Exercise Cold Response forces at various training locations across Norway, March 2, 2016.

Ine Marie Eriksen Søreide visited both Norwegian forces and U.S. Marines as they execute Exercise Cold Response 16.

“This is the biggest [exercise] in Norway this year. We are lucky enough to have a presence from 13 allies and partners,” said Søreide. “The Americans have the strongest and biggest contribution; we are so grateful for that.”

During Cold Response, the 2d Marine Expeditionary Brigade and Norwegian forces are combining efforts with 11 other NATO allies and partner nations to combat notional enemies in a cold-weather climate.

“There are a lot of things happening during Cold Response; we have the capacities from all branches,” said Eriksen Søreide. “The important part of [the exercise] is that we can operate and practice together.”

Multinational, integrated training has prepared approximately 15,000 troops for the 10-day exercise.

“The fact that we will be so closely integrated with the Americans during this exercise is something that is very valuable to us,” said the Minister. “I think it is important to be able to transfer that into operations if we need to.”

Cold Response is designed to help bolster transnational relations while enhancing the participating countries’ abilities to respond to global crises.

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