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Joint Viking 2017

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Other topics for the week of March 6-12 include
- Shipping
- Sea ice annual maximum

- The Arctic Council holds its last big meeting before the US hands over chairmanship duties to Finland
- Miners meet at PDAC
- Iditarod dog-sledge race

Officially, the main goal of Joint Viking, a Norwegian military exercise that starts on March 6 is to practise crisis-management and the defence of Norway.

From whom isn’t indicated in the exercise’s brief, but, considering that US and British forces, both allies with Norway in Nato, will be taking part, Russia is the obvious, if theoretical, threat.

For the American and British marines taking part, the exercise has the added bonus of providing training for fighting in cold weather. Surely, some would also add cold war to the list of operating environments Joint Viking offers an opportunity for.