Norway opens for continued USMC rotational training and exercisesStaff Writer | June 14, 2018
The Norwegian government has decided to welcome continued USMC rotational training and exercises in Norway, with a volume of up to a total of 700 marines, initially for a period of up to five years, says Minister of Defence Frank Bakke-Jensen.
Defense 330 Marines from the USMC have been conducting training
The Marines have used Vaernes in Mid-Norway as the hub for their various training and exercise activities.
The Norwegian government have decided that they are positive to extending this initiative and adding a second location.
"The potential increase in volume will be located at Setermoen in Troms. More predictable rotational USMC training and exercises in Norway will significantly improve opportunities to develop and enhance interoperability between USMC and Norwegian forces," says the Minister of Defence.
"The initiative has proven that training and conducting exercises together with allies has had a positive impact on the operational capability of our own forces," says Bakke-Jensen. ■