April 6, 2020 (Google Translation) – On March 8, KNM Thor Heyerdahl left the naval base at Haakonsvern. Since then, they have operated along the Norwegian coast with special focus on Nordland, Troms and Finnmark, as well as the Barents Sea north-east of Finnmark.
We have spent some time in the Barents Sea this Easter where we have used our sensors to monitor a Russian danger area for missiles and artillery fire, which is located in the immediate vicinity of the Norwegian economic zone in the Barents Sea, says Commander Lars Larsson at KNM Thor Heyerdahl.
According to the captain, the recent operation in the Barents Sea is completely undramatic, and part of the normal situation in the High North.
It is only natural that we follow Russian military activity in our immediate areas, in the same way as the Russians follow Norwegian and allied activity in Russian neighboring areas, the captain explains.
The operations in the north have gone smoothly. The captain reports that he has experienced the Russian military vessels as professionals in conducting above the Norwegian frigate.
We have both operated in international waters, as we are all entitled to in accordance with the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea. The Russians have kept a good distance from us and several times called us on VHF to ensure that we are familiar with the danger area, says the captain.
The observations made by the Norwegian warship contribute to an increased understanding of the situation in Norway and NATO.
We have observed and written reports to our operational headquarters in both Norway and NATO, which gives us a better understanding of the maritime situation in the High North, concludes Commander Larsson.