NATO and its allies have stepped up operations in Eastern Europe and conducted a series of exercises across the Alliance in a changing security environment.
To enhance readiness, capacity and interoperability, NATO regularly conducts exercises and tests forces in the air, on land and at sea to ensure that they can face any situation. situations may occur.
Russia’s unprovoked invasion of Ukraine has changed the face of European security and underscored the need for combat-ready forces that can be deployed at a rapid pace throughout the territory of the NATO Allies.
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“The Russian invasion of Ukraine underscores once again that you need to have capable, combat-ready forces,” said Brunssum Combined Forces Command Commander General Jörg Vollmer. “But you have to be able to deploy them as quickly as necessary to create the effect wherever you need it.”
Lieutenant General Yngve Odlo, Commander of the Joint Norwegian Operations Command (JOH) also added: “We need to prepare. And the most important thing I do is avoid war on NATO territory. That is my job. And to achieve that goal, we need to practice and have a reliable capacity.
Colonel Ryan Gordinier, commanding officer of the 3rd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, also emphasized that NATO exercises send the message that the alliance is strong.
“In these times, we are doing this together as a team,” said Gordinier.
Military exercises such as Cold Response and Brilliant Leap, which take place in the Arctic, are long-planned training exercises that allow troops to practice their skills in hot conditions below zero on difficult terrain.
More than 30,000 troops from 27 NATO Allies and partners participated in Cold Response 22 in Norway in March.