British aircraft carrier HMS Prince of Wales and frigate HMS Richmond have arrived in Reykjavik, Iceland.
The warships are taking part in Exercise Northern Viking 22. Below is a message from the British ambassador to Iceland.
— UK in Iceland 🇬🇧🇮🇸 (@UKinIceland) April 4, 2022
The ships arrived around noon today.
— HMS Richmond (@HMS_Richmond) April 4, 2022
According to Iceland, the exercise involves the defence of sea routes around Iceland:
“The aim of the exercise includes practising the defence of the sea routes around Iceland and of important structures and security infrastructure, e.g. telecommunications cables. The participants will also practice the search and rescue of civilians, with the Icelandic Coast Guard and police.
Northern Viking includes an amphibious landing of American marines at Miðsandur in Hvalfjörður. The landing is planned for 11 April and temporary traffic restrictions may be expected in the area on the day. Members of the media will be invited to observe the exercise and related events, to the extent possible.
The exercise is open for participation of NATO allies and partners. The naval forces of the United Kingdom, France, Germany and Norway have confirmed participation. Military vessels from these states will practice defending the sea routes to the south of Iceland and will participate in a submarine search off the coast of Iceland, with anti-submarine aircraft and helicopters.”
— HMS Prince of Wales (@HMSPWLS) April 1, 2022