Cold Response 2010

U.S. Marines stage gear on a landing craft utility assigned to HNLMS Johan De Witt (L 801) in Norway Feb. 16, 2010, as they prepare to participate in exercise Cold Response 2010. Cold Response 2010 is a multinational NATO exercise sponsored by Norway that focuses on cold weather maritime and amphibious operations, interoperability of expeditionary forces and special and ground operations. This year?s participants include forces from the United States, United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Sweden, Finland, Germany and Austria and will occur entirely north of the Arctic Circle. The Marines are assigned to the 4th Reconnaissance Battalion and the 2nd Battalion, 25th Marine Regiment, 4th Marine Division. (DoD photo by Master Sgt. Michael Q. Retana, U.S. Marine Corps/Released)