Norway signs Supplementary Defense Cooperation Agreement with USA

April 16, 2020 (Google Translation) – “The United States of America is Norway’s most important ally, and we have shared more than 70 years of close, constructive defense cooperation. The Agreement both updates and further develops the agreements and cooperation already in place between Norway and the U. S. The Agreement will play a vital role in ensuring Norwegian security…

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Arctic Littoral Strike: Marines, Norwegian Military Conduct Exercise in Northern Norway

April 8, 2021 – U.S. Marines and Sailors with Marine Rotational Force-Europe 21.1 enhanced their warfighting ability above the Arctic Circle during exercise Arctic Littoral Strike in Northern Norway from March 11-31. “This exercise demonstrated the battalion’s capability to operate inside actively contested maritime spaces, in this case arctic littoral spaces, and to provide support to joint fleet operations,” said…

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Norway Concludes Submarine Negotiations with Germany

March 23, 2021 (Google Translation) – In 2017, Norway and Germany entered into a strategic, maritime cooperation on materiel, aimed at the acquisition of identical submarines and naval strike missiles. The defense materiel organizations of Norway and Germany, NDMA and BAAINBw, have reached an agreement with the Thyssenkrupp Marine Systems on the contract for new, identical submarines. There is also…

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Tenth “SAR Queen” Delivered to Norway

March 17, 2021 – Despite the challenges posed by the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, Leonardo has successfully delivered the tenth AW101 All-Weather Search and Rescue (AWSAR) helicopter to the Norwegian Ministry of Justice and Public Security. The remaining six aircraft out of 16 are currently being assembled, integrated and tested at Leonardo’s site in Yeovil, UK. The 330 squadron of the…

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SNMG1 Participates in Norwegian Exercise TG 21-1

November 19, 2021 – From February 8-19, 2021, Standing NATO Maritime Group One (SNMG1), took part in Task Group 21-1 (TG 21-1), an annual maritime exercise conducted by the Royal Norwegian Navy in the waters and fjords off the coast of Bergen, Norway. TG 21-1 supported the training and qualification of NATO future submarine commanders while enhancing the surface and…

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International Cooperative Engagement Program for Polar Research Begins

December 8, 2020 – The International Cooperative Engagement Program for Polar Research Memorandum of Understanding (ICE-PPR MOU) entered into effect on November 27, 2020. The MOU establishes general provisions that apply across basic research to development, testing and evaluation to improve partners’ capabilities for successful and safe operations in Polar areas. Participating nations include the Department of National Defence of…

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Minister of Defense Frank Bakke-Jensen Announces Tromso Submarine Facility

October 29, 2020 (Google Translation) – I am pleased to see that our allies are welcome in Tromsø with their submarines, and will contribute to a good collaboration so that the necessary local contingency plans are in place. The defense of Norway is dependent on reinforcements from our allies. An important part of this is to facilitate the Allies to…

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