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NATO’s marines brave the Norwegian Arctic for exercise Nordic Response 2024

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NATO’s marines hit the shores of arctic Norway for exercise Nordic Response 2024, which is part of Steadfast Defender 2024, NATO’s largest military drills in decades.

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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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(00:00) VARIOUS DRONE SHOTS (MUTE) – SWEDISH NAVY CB-90 FAST ASSAULT BOATS MOVING THROUGH FJORD AND LANDING FINNISH MARINES ON ROCKY SHORE
(00:35) VARIOUS SHOTS – CB-90s APPROACHING SHORE
(00:43) WIDE SHOT – FINNISH MARINES DISEMBARKING CV-90
(00:46) CLOSE UP – FINNISH MARINE PUTTING ON SKIS
(00:50) VARIOUS SHOTS – FINNISH MARINES CONDUCTING SKI PATROL
(01:07) SLOW MO SHOT (MUTE) – FINNISH MARINE SKIING WITH FJORDS IN BACKGROUND
(01:13) VARIOUS SHOTS – Bv-206 VIKING TRACKED PERSONNEL CARRIERS MOVING THROUGH SNOW NEAR ALTA
(01:28) MEDIUM SHOT – US MARINES CARRYING SKIS
(01:23) VARIOUS SHOTS – US MARINES STANDING GUARD
(01:52) VARIOUS SHOTS – US MARINES TAKING COVER FOLLOWING SIMULATED ARTILLERY ATTACK
(02:08) VARIOUS SHOTS – US MARINES BREAKING DOWN GUARD POSTS TO CHANGE POSITION
(02:19) VARIOUS SHOTS – US MARINES MOVING OUT ON SNOW MOBILES
(02:45) SOUNDBITE (ENGLISH) – US Marine CORPS 2nd Lieutenant Tim Covert, 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment
“So right now, we’re in the vicinity of Alta, and we are currently doing battalion- to division-level operations where we are putting into practice everything that we’ve learned about cold weather training, tactics and everything that we do as an infantry battalion and applying it to this environment.”
(03:01) SOUNDBITE (ENGLISH) – US Marine CORPS 2nd Lieutenant Tim Covert, 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment
“The difference between us a month ago and now is night and day. And seeing the day-to-day ability of the marines to do their daily routine tasks and sustain themselves allows the battalion to stay enemy-oriented without having to sustain itself, because the marines understand the responsibilities that each marine has in order to facilitate day-to-day operations. So seeing the growth that we’ve made as a team coming out here has been phenomenal.”
(03:26) SOUNDBITE (ENGLISH) – US Marine CORPS Lieutenant Colonel Ted Driscoll, commander, 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment
“Working along our NATO Allies benefits American security in that, number one, from the military standpoint, as these young marines and sailors get to work side-by-side with the Norwegians, with the Finns, with the Swedes, their own confidence in just how good these Allies are continues to grow. And then at the larger level, being able to operate in an environment like this truly makes us capable of operating in any clime and place, which provides more options for our decision makers when they need the military to respond to ensure the security of the United States.”

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