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Explosive ordnance disposal teams from the United States and Norway practice mine countermeasures on Feb. 7, 2018, near Ramsund, Norway. Arctic Specialist is an annual exercise hosted by the Royal Norwegian Navy.

Explosive ordnance disposal teams from the United States and Norway practice mine countermeasures on Feb. 7, 2018, near Ramsund, Norway. Arctic Specialist is an annual exercise hosted by the Royal Norwegian Navy. (U.S. Navy)

Explosive ordnance disposal teams from the United States and Norway practice mine countermeasures on Feb. 7, 2018, near Ramsund, Norway. Arctic Specialist is an annual exercise hosted by the Royal Norwegian Navy.

Explosive ordnance disposal teams from the United States and Norway practice mine countermeasures on Feb. 7, 2018, near Ramsund, Norway. Arctic Specialist is an annual exercise hosted by the Royal Norwegian Navy. (U.S. Navy)

Sailors on an ordnance disposal team practice cold-water scuba diving to test advanced underwater demolition procedures in Ramsund, Norway on Feb. 5, 2018. Arctic Specialist is an annual exercise hosted by the Royal Norwegian Navy.

Sailors on an ordnance disposal team practice cold-water scuba diving to test advanced underwater demolition procedures in Ramsund, Norway on Feb. 5, 2018. Arctic Specialist is an annual exercise hosted by the Royal Norwegian Navy. (U.S. Navy)

Explosive ordnance technicians practice countermeasures for explosive devices on Feb. 9, 2018, during the Arctic Specialist exercise in Ramsund, Norway.

Explosive ordnance technicians practice countermeasures for explosive devices on Feb. 9, 2018, during the Arctic Specialist exercise in Ramsund, Norway. (U.S. Navy)

An explosive ordnance disposal team does a cold-weather mountain patrol on Feb. 1, 2018 dur,ing exercise Arctic Specialist in Ramsund, Norway.

An explosive ordnance disposal team does a cold-weather mountain patrol on Feb. 1, 2018 dur,ing exercise Arctic Specialist in Ramsund, Norway. (U.S. Navy)

Teams of sailors from the 6th Fleet practiced recovering and neutralizing explosive devices in icy northern Norway during the multinational Arctic Specialist exercise.

Explosive ordnance disposal teams left the warmer environs of Rota, Spain, to take part in the Arctic exercise hosted by the Royal Norwegian Navy, the Navy said.

Sailors dove in near-freezing waters and conducted patrols in snow-capped passes and gorges to train in anti-explosive measures.

“This exercise was another chapter in building a strong and enduring relationship with our NATO partners,” said Cmdr. Jeff DeMarco, commanding officer of Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit 8.

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