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NAVY NEWS, APRIL 2010

● A CHF Lynx from 847 NAS

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Picture: LA(Phot) (A very cold) Bernie Henesy

● ORCS come ashore

● Zulu Company, 45 Cdo, hit the shore

Picture: LA(Phot) Nick Tryon

Back at sea, Cold Response lived up to its name,

as during the exercise the ships’ landing craft and flight-decks were covered in a thick coating of ice in the sub-zero temperatures. And let’s not even mention the effect of the cold on the divers of Fleet Diving Unit 2... Lt Gen Bernt I F Brovold, Chief of the Norwegian

Joint Headquarters, thanked the men and women who took part in Cold Response 2010, saying: “Our guests at the Cold Response exercise series keep telling us that ‘If you can fight in extreme arctic conditions like those in Norway – you can fight anywhere in the world.’ “I hope that our contribution to your troops will

give them that extra bit of knowledge to keep them safe and able.

“Many of us will meet again under grave circumstances, in areas of confl ict, facing danger together.

“Before we join forces to meet our real challenges, Cold Response offers a chance to practise. What better way is there to ensure effective cooperation between NATO members and our partners.” A statement echoed by Maj Gen Buster Howes, Commander UK Amphibious Forces and Maritime Component Commander for the Task Force: “The exercise takes place in a challenging arctic climate where seconds count and can be the difference between life and death. “Put simply, if you can soldier here, you can soldier

anywhere.”

Summing up the deployment, the Commanding Officer of 45 Commando, Lt Col Oliver Lee, said: “This deployment has provided a unique opportu- nity to refresh some of our essential core amphibious and cold weather skills in the harshest environment there is.

“The training has been progressive, challenging,

rewarding and, at times, fun.” He added: “As ever, the defining feature of the trip has been marines rising admirably to every challenge, proving their ability to survive, move and fight in the harshest of conditions.”

● NA(AH) Balfs Balfre tries to warm up from the

fl ightdeck of HMS Ocean

Picture: LA(Phot) (A very cold) Bernie Henesy

● RMs board an 846 NAS Sea King

Picture: LA(Phot) (A very cold) Bernie Henesy

● Ice climbing by RMs

Picture: PO(Phot) Dave Husbands

● The aurora borealis over the fl ightdeck of HMS Ocean

Picture: LA(Phot) (A very cold) Bernie Henesy

● From sea to shore – Royal Marines test their

mettle at cold-weather warfare

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