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.