On Saturday, February 9, 2022 at 10 a.m., the minehunter “Bad Bevensen” arrived in her homeport of Kiel. The boat, which belongs to the 3rd minesweeper squadron, took part in the multinational exercise Cold Response, where around 30,000 soldiers from 27 nations with 50 ships and boats and 200 aircraft practiced the defense and military reinforcement of Norway until the beginning of April.
The exercise has been held every two years since 2006. There is no connection with the Russian war of aggression in Ukraine.
The Bundeswehr supports its alliance partners. The German Navy was on site with several hundred women and men. Norway’s neighbors Sweden and Finland also took part in the maneuver. Although they are not members of NATO, they have been cooperating intensively with the alliance for years.
Cold Response is a Norwegian exercise focused on defending the alliance’s northern flank. A long coastline and arctic weather conditions present the servicewomen and men with particular challenges. This year, one focus of the exercise was bringing NATO military reinforcements to Norway. In addition, maritime operations such as amphibious landings of troops and material were practiced.
The 40-man crew of the “Bad Bevensen”, led by Lieutenant Commander Christopher Fenske (37), was able to demonstrate their flexibility, skills and operational readiness under the difficult arctic conditions of northern Norway. “The training benefit during the maneuver was very large. The crew was able to develop well in the nautical and operational maneuvers,” said Lieutenant Commander Fenske. In the exercise scenario, the Kiel boat belonged to a mine countermeasures unit which, among other things, ensured that an amphibious landing could be made possible in a mine-prone area.