COVID-19 causes curtailment of Cold Response 2020
The commander of the Norwegian Armed Forces, Lt General Rune Jakobsen, has announced that Cold Response 2020 will be ending early as a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
The decision was confirmed via social media and in an official statement on 11 March.
Cold Response was due to conclude on 18 March.
Jakobsen said that ‘the virus is now out of control in society and it is a new situation. That is why we have decided to implement a controlled execution of the exercise’.
Some of the soldiers involved with the training exercises also perform medical roles; they have been reassigned to help with efforts to tackle the spread of COVID-19 in Norway.
Cold Response saw more than 14,000 soldiers from nine countries take part in Arctic warfare training in Northern Norway.
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