Norway’s Minister of Defence announced Friday that US Marines will continue rotational training and exercises in Norway through 2018.
“Our Marines in Norway are demonstrating a high level of cooperation with our Allies,” said Maj. Gen. Niel E. Nelson, commander of U.S. Marine Corps Forces Europe & Africa. “The more we train together alongside one another the stronger our Alliance becomes.”
The commander of Marines in Europe said the decision to extend the presence of the Marine rotational force in Norway is a clear sign of the U.S. and Norwegian commitment to NATO and the strong partnership between our two countries on defense and security.
“Norway is an exceptional ally, one that is increasing its defense budget and is committed to acquiring critical capabilities. Both the U.S. and Norway are focused on strengthening the development of joint leaders and teams who understand the synergy of air, sea, and land power as a potent asymmetric advantage in the battlefield,” U.S. European Command said.
Since January 2017, approximately 330 Marines have been stationed in Vaernes, Norway, on a rotational basis. They will now continue to rotate beyond 2017, with two rotations per year.