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NATO’s marines brave the Norwegian Arctic for exercise Nordic Response 2024 (b-roll)
June 3, 2024 | 4:05
Allied marines have landed in Norway for exercise Nordic Response 2024, which is part of Steadfast Defender 2024, NATO’s largest military drills in decades.
In the fjords near Alta, one of Norway’s northernmost cities, Finnish Marines with the Nyland Brigade came ashore via Swedish Navy CB-90 assault boats. They then skied through steep hills and dense forests, proving their ability to conduct amphibious operations regardless of climate or terrain. Marines from Italy and France also participated in the landings.
North of Alta, US Marines with the 1st Battalion of the 2nd Marine Regiment (1/2) moved deeper into the austere landscape, using tracked vehicles and snowmobiles to quickly move through the deep snow. These US Marines spent a month preparing for the challenging weather at the training grounds near Setermoen, where Norwegian soldiers have helped US Marines prepare for arctic combat for more than five years.
Exercise Nordic Response 2024 gathers 20,000 troops from 13 NATO Allies in northern Norway to train together in the harsh arctic environment. It is part of Steadfast Defender 2024, NATO’s biggest exercise in decades.

Footage includes shots of Finnish Marines conducting amphibious landings and moving on skis, as well as US Marines manning defensive positions and moving through the snow. Footage also includes interviews with US marine officers.
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189th IN BDE (CATB) observes, coaches, and trains our ARNG and USAR partners to provide trained and ready units to support combatant commander requirements around the world. O/O, conduct Mobilization and Large Scale Mobilization Operations (LSMO) in support of our ARNG and USAR partners to meet combatant commander OPLAN requirements.
Our purpose is to support First Army’s mission to achieve FORSCOM directed readiness and deliver trained and ready NG and RC forces. We accomplish this through partnership with the National Guard and US Army Reserve as FORSCOM’s proponent for the integration of the Army’s Total Force Policy (ATFP) and execution of Mobilization Training Centers (MTC) operations as part of the Army’s LSMO effort.