HMS Albion with the northern lights in the background as it prepares for Exercise Cold Response (Picture: HMS Albion/Twitter).
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Stunning northern lights show for HMS Albion as it prepares for Exercise Cold Response

The Royal Navy vessel is operating in the Arctic Circle as it prepares for the bi-annual NATO exercise.

HMS Albion with the northern lights in the background as it prepares for Exercise Cold Response (Picture: HMS Albion/Twitter).

HMS Albion's crew have been treated to a stunning view of the northern lights as they prepare for Exercise Cold Response 2022.

The Royal Navy vessel has spent some time operating in the Arctic Circle, getting ready for the Norwegian-led exercise aimed at enhancing the skills and readiness of NATO allies and partners in difficult conditions and environments.

Personnel will take on land, air and sea drills, including live-fire challenges and jumping into freezing lakes, in the harsh wilderness.

Up to 35,000 troops from 28 nations are to take part, including non-NATO partners Finland and Sweden.

The bi-annual exercise runs from 14 March to 1 April.

NATO said this year's Cold Response was announced more than eight months ago and not linked to Russia's invasion of Ukraine, which it said the alliance is responding to with "preventive, proportionate and non-escalatory measures".