U.S. Marines with Marine Rotational Force Europe 21.1 (MRF-E), Marine Forces Europe, and Africa are participating in a tactical driver training course in Setermoen, Norway on February 5, 2021.
During a tactical driver training course, Marines learn to drive their armored military vehicles on the snow.
This training ensures that Marines can safely operate a tactical vehicle in an arctic environment, according to the service’s press release.
“MRF-E is focused on regional engagements across Europe by delivering a variety of drills, arctic cold weather and mountain warfare training, and military-military engagements that enhance the US Marine Corps’ overall interoperability with allies and partners,” said the Marine Corps said in a statement.
Currently, more than 1,000 Marines and Sailors based in Camp Lejeune, NC, have arrived in northern Norway for winter warfare skills training and training with our NATO ally Norway.
To reduce the risk of COVID-19 exposure and transmission, emergency personnel have undergone extensive COVID tests upon arrival and will be subject to restricted mobility prior to commencement of their training in accordance with the US and Norwegian Public Health Protocols.
In addition to the Marine Rotational Force-Europe, which consists of around 1,000 marines and seamen from the 3rd Battalion of the 6th Marine Regiment, more than 200 additional employees from units of the II Marine Expeditionary Force are taking part in Arctic warfare training in Norway .