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Mar 25 2022

Northern Europe Operational Update Weeks 11/12 2022

In Norway: Exercise Brilliant Jump 22, an annual deployment exercise of the NATO Response Force (NRF), wrapped up in southern Norway on Thursday, 17th March 2022, following more than two weeks of intense training. Over 3,300 naval, air and land troops from 12 NATO nations honed their skills in rapid deployment and interoperability.

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In Norway: NATO forces are participating in the Norwegian-led Exercise Cold Response 2022 (CR22). Over 30,000 soldiers from NATO and partner nations have deployed to Norway for the exercise. The exercise aims to enhance the readiness and capabilities of the participating forces under challenging climatic conditions. CR22 is a Norwegian military exercise with invited Allies and Partner Nations. The exercise started on 14th March and will continue until 1st April 2022.

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In Germany: Belgian, Danish and Polish F-16s, alongside Royal Air Force Typhoons, have been taking part in the U.S. Army-led Exercise Saber Strike. The Allied fighter aircraft joined land units in the Baltic Sea Region for Air-Land Integration training. Working with Joint Terminal Attack Controllers (JTACs) from Allied and Partner nations, they performed Close Air Support serials, enhancing the Alliance's ability to conduct Multi-Domain operations. The JTACs benefited hugely from live training utilising different operators and platforms. This sort of training is essential for both aircrew and JTACs to maintain their currency, which helps NATO forces to gain and maintain air superiority in combat.

Air-Land Integration training is especially useful in enhancing the capabilities of multi-national Battlegroups on NATO's Eastern Flank. These land forces, which NATO is in the process of reinforcing in response to Russia's invasion of Ukraine, regularly work in coordination with Allied air power based across the region to ensure a comprehensive, multi-domain defence of NATO's Eastern Flank.

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