Norway Announces One-Year Extension for U.S. Marine Rotational Force
STUTTGART, Germany — Norwegian Defense Minister Ine Eriksen Soreide has announced that U.S. Marines will continue rotational training and exercises in Norway through 2018, the U.S. European Command said in a June 22 release.
“Our Marines in Norway are demonstrating a high level of cooperation with our allies,” said Marine Corps Maj. Gen. Niel E. Nelson, commander of U.S. Marine Corps Forces Europe and Africa. “The more we train together alongside one another the stronger our alliance becomes.”
Nelson 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 the two countries on defense and security.
Norway is increasing its defense budget and is committed to acquiring critical capabilities. Both the United States 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.
About 330 Marines have been stationed in Vaernes, Norway, on a rotational basis since January. They will now continue to rotate beyond this year, with two rotations per year.