Every autumn, Iceland hosts its annual Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) exercise called Northern Challenge, welcoming NATO members and partners supporting NATO‘s Defence Against Terrorism Programme. Northern Challenge is a multinational exercise, helping to train members of NATO‘s Partnership for Peace programme. This year, participants included Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Iceland, Italy, The Netherlands, Poland, Norway, Sweden, the United Kingdom, the United States (including Army, Air Force and Navy) and other NATO members and partners. An AUV and ROV were utilised during the exercise.
Thirty groups were assigned EOD focused tasks, based on realistic scenarios, using the equipment provided. In support of Icelandic Coast Guard (ICG) EOD teams, a Gavia AUV and a SeaBotix vLBV300 ROV were utilised during the two weeks of exercises, assisting the ICG in identifying potential threats in one of two harbors used for the exercises.
Source: Hydro Internationsl