Nordic Defence Ministers Joint Cooperation Statement

The war in Ukraine has fundamentally changed European defense and security policy. In light of the ongoing crisis, Nordic solidarity and defense cooperation is more important than ever. The Nordic countries share fundamental values and security interests. We share a strategically important location. Closer defense cooperation between the Nordic countries strengthens our military capabilities and promotes regional security and stability.…

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Norwegian Helps RN Prepare for Arctic Aircraft Carrier Operations

The Royal Navy’s new aircraft carriers are now more prepared for the rigours of Arctic operations thanks in part to ice man, Commander Harald Thor Straten, of the Royal Norwegian Navy. Cdr Thor Straten joined HMS Prince of Wales for a month during Arctic exercises, sharing more than 40 years’ experience of operating in the extreme cold. HMS Prince of…

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Kongsberg Teams With FFI for Satellite Maritime Surveillance

The Norwegian Defence Research Establishment (FFI) and Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace (KONGSBERG) have developed instruments for satellite-based maritime surveillance. KONGSBERG is now procuring three satellites and is establishing Norway’s first satellite constellation with unique and world-leading capabilities. KONGSBERG is the Nordic region’s largest company in aerospace and is a global leader in maritime surveillance. The company is now taking the…

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USS Gunston Hall Visits Narvik

The Whidbey Island-class amphibious dock landing ship USS Gunston Hall (LSD 44), assigned to the Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) and 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), arrived in Narvik, Norway for a scheduled port visit to enhance U.S.-Norway relations and build NATO Alliance cohesion, April 19, 2022. The ship’s presence in Norway is a demonstration of the U.S. Navy’s continued…

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USS Kearsarge Visits Tromso

The Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3), flagship of the Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) and 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), arrived in Tromsø, Norway for a scheduled port visit, April 11, 2022. The ship’s presence in the High North is a demonstration of the U.S. Navy’s continued commitment to NATO Allies and Partners and the strong bond…

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Defence Cooperation between Norway & US Essential

The Supplementary Defense Cooperation Agreement between Norway and the US has now been submitted to the Storting for consideration. ‘This Agreement provides a framework for further developing our crucial cooperation with the US in this area. Our primary focus is on safeguarding Norwegian security and Norwegian interests, but this cooperation is also important for the security of Europe as a…

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NATO Summit Demonstrates Strength of Solidarity

‘The fact that NATO heads of state and government are convening for the second time in less than a month to discuss our joint response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, shows clearly allied unity in NATO. Russia has underestimated the strength and unity of the transatlantic Alliance,’ said Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Støre. Prime Minister Støre will be participating in…

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Amphibious Phase of Exercise Cold Response Begins

The largest military exercise in Norway in a generation shifts up a gear with UK Commando Forces spearheading amphibious raids in the icy fjords of the Arctic. Landing and raiding craft, plus troop-carrying helicopters are putting elite Royal Marines and their equipment on the snow-covered shores of northern Norway as Exercise Cold Response moves into its ‘business end’. Assault and…

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Norway to Increase Short Term Defense Spending in 2022

Pending parliamentary approval, the Norwegian Government has allocated NOK 3 billion to increase the activity and preparedness of the Norwegian Armed Forces in 2022. The proposed spending will for the most part be dedicated to strengthen our preparedness in the North, says the Norwegian Minister of Defence. The allocated sum will increase our readiness and allow us to speed up…

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Romanian Built Norwegian Coast Guard Ship Arrives

On Thursday 10 March, the coastguard vessel KV Bjørnøya arrived at Vard Langsten in Tomrefjord. Since 16 February, the vessel has been towed from Vard Tulcea’s shipyard in Romania to Norway. The actual tow was expected to take about a month, but due to good weather conditions, the vessel arrived earlier than expected. KV Bjørnøya is the second vessel in…

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