Ministry of Defence
Frank Bakke-Jensen (Con.)
Minister of Defence
Topics and insight
Proposal for Defence Budget 2020:
The Norwegian Government increase the defence budget by more than 2 billion Norwegian kroner
– The security situation has deteriorated. That is why this Government has increased its defence budgets every single year since we took office, and we will continue to strengthen the defence in the years to come, says Minister of Defence Frank Bakke-Jensen.
Poseidon P-8A maritime patrol aircraft cooperation:
UK and Norway Reinforce North Atlantic Security
The UK and Norway reinforced their commitment to joint anti-submarine operations in the North Atlantic at RAF Lossiemouth today.
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.
The Norwegian government continues to give priority to the defence sector in its annual budget proposal through a NOK 3 billion increase in 2018. It shows the government’s commitment to increase defence spending every year to meet the ambitions set out in the Long Term Plan “Capable and sustainable” for the defence sector for the years 2017-2020. In a more complex and dangerous world, Norway continues to invest in its Armed Forces.
News from the Ministry
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.
The F-35 aircraft marks the start of a new era for the Norwegian Armed Forces
The F-35 remains crucial to the continued modernization of our Armed Forces and our ability to preserve Norwegian and allied security and interests. The Government marked the procurement with a ceremony at Ørland Air Base November 10th. – Today, we are marking an important milestone in the development of Norway’s defence capabilities: The arrival in Norway of the first F-35 Lightning II jets, says Prime Minister Erna Solberg.
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