Presently there are roughly 300 US Marines in Norway for a rotational presence for coaching and train. The extra Marines would improve the variety of US Marines to 700 for a interval of as much as 5 years.
The brand new contingent of US Marines can be positioned at Setermoen in Troms, in keeping with the Protection Ministry.
In January 2017, a restricted rotational drive of roughly 300 Marines had been despatched to Vaernes amid rising tensions with Russia following the annexation of Crimea in 2014.
Pentagon spokesman Eric Pahon mentioned the Division of Protection welcomed the Norwegian announcement, saying the rotational coaching permits US Marines to “participate in world-class winter and mountain warfare coaching,” which he mentioned would “strengthen the US navy’s bond with the Norwegian navy, and construct readiness to reply in occasions of disaster.”
“We’re grateful to our Norwegian hosts for permitting us to make use of Vaernes as a rotational coaching facility,” he added.
Norway shares a 122-mile border with Russia and the brand new location at Setermoen will carry US Marines about 250 miles from that border.
Russian officers have beforehand protested Norway’s determination to host US Marines, with one politician saying that the transfer would trigger Norway to be focused by the Russian navy.
The US navy additionally makes use of amenities inside Norwegian underground caves to “pre-position” tanks and different heavy weaponry that could possibly be used within the occasion of a disaster between NATO and Russia.
“In occasions of disaster and warfare Norway will depend on US and different allied navy reinforcements. That is on the core of Norwegian safety coverage and is additional emphasised by our NATO-membership,” Norwegian Minister of Defence Frank Bakke-Jensen mentioned in a press release supplied to CNN
“The USA Marine Corps and Norway have a long-standing and profitable relationship that we look ahead to strengthening. We’ll proceed the dialogue with the US and the USMC, aiming for mutual settlement within the close to future on the continuation of the rotational coaching and train exercise,” he added.
“The initiative has confirmed that coaching and conducting workouts along with allies has had a optimistic affect on the operational functionality of our personal forces.”