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BJERKVIK, Norway (April 23, 2024) Seabees from Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 11 assemble a medium girder bridge during the Dynamic Employment of Forces to Europe for NATO Deterrence and Enhanced Readiness (DEFENDER) 2024 exercise in Bjerkvik, Nordland County, Norway, April 23, 2024. DEFENDER 2024 is a U.S. European Command scheduled, U.S. Army Europe and Africa conducted exercise that consists of Saber Strike, Immediate Response, and Swift Response. DEFENDER 24 is linked to NATO's Steadfast Defender exercise, and DoD's Large Scale Global Exercise, taking place from 28 March to 31 May. DEFENDER 24 is the largest U.S. Army exercise in Europe and includes more than 17,000 U.S. and 23,000 multinational service members from more than 20 Allied and partner nations, including Croatia, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Georgia, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Netherlands, North Macedonia, Norway, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom. (U.S. Navy photo by Builder Constructionman Laqdrick Bouldin)

Photo by: Seaman Apprentice Laqdrick Bouldin |  VIRIN: 240423-N-OF285-1091.JPG