Ministry of Defence
Frank Bakke-Jensen (Con.)
Minister of Defence
Topics and insight
Admiral Haakon Bruun-Hanssen, will retire in August:
Eirik J. Kristoffersen appointed new Chief of Defence in Norway
Major General Eirik Johan Kristoffersen (51) was 12.05.2020 appointed General and new Chief of Defence in Norway. Kristoffersen assumes his new position in August.
New Long Term Plan for the Norwegian Armed Forces:
Norway increases defence spending to strengthen its capability and readiness
Today the Norwegian government presented the new Long Term Plan for the Norwegian Armed Forces. A continued increase in defence spending will strengthen the readiness and endurance of the Norwegian Armed Forces and reduce operational gaps.
Norway's F-35A are combat ready:
Major Milestone: Norway declares IOC for F-35A
On November 6th 2019 Norwegian air chief Major General Tonje Skinnarland declared Norway's F-35As operational, after completing a deployment in November meant to validate that they are able to operate the jets away from Norway's home base, Ørland Main Air Station.
On October 6th the United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Gueterres announced that Major General Kristin Lund will be the new head of UNs military observers in the Middle East - United Nations Truce Supervision Organization (UNTSO). Lund will make it to the history books once again becoming the first female leader for UNTSO. UNTSO is amongst others responsible for monitoring the ceasefire between Israel and the neighboring Arabic states.
News from the Ministry
Statement regarding revised offer and negotiations with tkMS:
Norway and Germany will procure identical submarines together. A revised offer was received from ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems in February and negotiations are now ongoing.
Norwegian Minister of Defence Frank Bakke-Jensen met James N. Mattis:
US Secretary of Defense James N. Mattis visited Norway on Saturday July 14th. — The United States is our closest and most important ally, and it is an honor to welcome Secretary Mattis to Oslo, said Minister of Defence Frank Bakke-Jensen in his statement.
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