American naval vessel USS Mount Whitney set to dock in Oslo

USS Mount WhitneyPhoto: NTB / Erlend Haukeland

The American naval vessel USS Mount Whitney is set to dock in Oslo on Tuesday afternoon. The ship will later continue on, joined by Norwegian vessels, to an exercise in the Baltic Sea.

In Oslo, the naval vessel will change crews and get the necessary supplies, the Armed Forces stated in a press release.

“Increased presence and interest in our immediate areas give Allied forces better knowledge of operations in Norwegian coastal and fjord areas,” Navy chief rear admiral Rune Andersen said.

The naval vessel has recently participated in the NATO exercise Steadfast Defender. It will proceed to the Baltops exercise in the Baltic Sea together with a number of Norwegian vessels.

Strict corona measures

The docking in Norway has been approved by the Ministry of Defense after a legal assessment of the COVID-19 regulations, and the crew change takes place under a strict infection control regime, according to the Armed Forces.

The transport of crews to and from the military airport will take place in closed bus transport. There will be no contact between crews and the Norwegian population. All American personnel has been vaccinated. The Armed Forces’ sanitation team will test everyone who leaves and arrives at the vessel.

Source: © NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today / #NorwayTodayNews

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