Steadfast Defender exercise in Norwegian Sea

Sailors, assigned to the Whidbey Island-class dock landing ship USS Gunston Hall (LSD 44), operate a rigid-hull inflatable boat In the Norwegian Sea, during small boat operations in support of Steadfast Defender 24, March 9, 2024. Steadfast Defender 2024, NATO’s largest exercise in decades, will demonstrate NATO’s ability to deploy forces rapidly from across the Alliance to reinforce the defense of Europe. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Danielle Serocki)

During the Steadfast Defender exercise in Norwegian Sea on March 9, 2024, sailors engaged in small boat operations. This NATO drill evaluated the alliance’s updated defense strategies and its rapid force deployment capabilities.–Photo By: Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Danielle Serocki