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Camp Lejeune Marines complete NATO training exercise in Norway

NATO II MEF training
Cpl. Joshua Davis/II MEF Information Group
U.S. Marines with 2nd Air Naval Gunfire Liaison Company (ANGLICO), II Marine Expeditionary Force Information Group, prepare for Exercise Cold Response 2022 (Ex CR22). 2nd ANGLICO Marines integrated with the United Kingdom’s 29 Commando Regiment for artillery and aviation fire support and arctic patrolling training in Norway. The 2nd ANGLICO Marines take part in contact drills. This training increased operability between the USMC’s all-domain liaison force and the UK’s Commando forces. Ex CR22 is a biennial Norwegian national readiness and defense exercise that takes place across Norway, with participation from each of its military services, as well as from 26 additional North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) allied nations and regional partners.(U.S. Marine Corps photo by Capt Quinton Boyd.)

A biennial NATO cold-weather readiness and defense exercise in Norway, involving Marines with II Marine Expeditionary Force based at Camp Lejeune, concluded on April 1, 2022. According to a news release, Exercise Cold Response 2022 included participation from each of Norway’s military services, as well as 26 additional NATO allied nations and regional partners. II MEF trained alongside Norwegian service members and conducted arctic vehicle operations, avalanche prevention and response, flight operations, and casualty evacuation drills.

"We train together here to become stronger because we are all partners anyhow. It can benefit NATO in the future because we are enhancing our interoperability and our readiness, so training together makes us a better team and therefore a more effective force."
Deputy Commander of Royal Netherlands Navy Maritime Forces Col. Michiel Posthumus

The release also said II MEF was involved with amphibious landings with the Royal Netherlands Marine Corps, Naval vessel embarkation and boat patrols with Italian Marines and sailors, as well as tactical combat casualty care and various live-fire events with the United Kingdom's Royal Marines. II MEF also practiced integrated troop transportation, trauma care, and flight operations with the German Naval Infantry and the Royal Navy and hosted demonstrations with numerous participating nations, including France.