Increased allied training and exercises

- I am pleased to announce that U.S. and Norwegian authorities recently agreed to extend and increase the rotational training and exercises in Norway for units from the USMC. As a result, the arrangement will continue beyond 2018 and may include up to 700 U.S. marines. In addition to today’s activity at Vaernes, a second location at Setermoen will be added, says Minister of Defense Frank Bakke-Jensen

This is an important part of the implementation of the Government’s policy on increased allied training and exercises in Norway, as well as being consistent with the U.S.-Norway bilateral agreement on prepositioning and reinforcement of Norway approved by Parliament in 2006.

The continuation and increase of this rotational activity will be positive for the Norwegian Armed Forces, and provides an excellent point of departure for the future development of allied training and exercise activity in Norway in a broader perspective. This will provide the Armed Forces with flexibility and possibilities for adaptations in the years ahead.

The Norwegian Armed Forces will be tasked with coordinating and implementing the activity, as normal for allied training and exercises in Norway, and we may see additional U.S. marines at Setermoen already during the fall of this year.

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