Rapid preparedness along the Norwegian coast is crucial for both Norway and allies in a potential crisis. The British-led exercise Tamber Shield, which is part of the Joint Expeditionary Force (JEF) collaboration, is now taking place in coastal areas outside Bergen.

JEF consists of ten northern European countries that have committed themselves to safeguarding security and preparedness through close cooperation. Not only is the JEF supposed to function as a tangible force that can respond quickly to ongoing crises, but they are also closely linked to NATO and facilitate allied cooperation in several areas, including the Norwegian coast.

This close cooperation between Norway and Great Britain strengthens preparedness in our immediate areas. Such advanced military operations require a significant degree of joint training in order for us to be able to operate effectively as an integrated force.

The exercise is one of several British-led exercises that will take place throughout the second quarter of 2024. The forces are practicing off the Norwegian coast in the west and consist of several British naval and air units as well as Norwegian surface vessels. Norway is participating with the frigate KNM Roald Amundsen, the corvettes KNM Storm and KNM Glimt. The UK participates with several Wildcat helicopters and four P2000 patrol boats.

“Joint training between sea and air units is part of maintaining preparedness along the Norwegian coast. The fact that we train together with the British means that the time we spend on acting is reduced, and we can thus deliver faster where it is needed, when it is needed. In addition, we use the exercises to develop tactics and our ability to work together”, says Chief Navy Flag Commander Trond Gimmingsrud.

Tamber Shield lasts from 17 April to 3 May and takes place along the Norwegian coast outside Bergen.