Norway joins NATO force

Defence Minister Ine Eriksen SøreideOSLO: Defence Minister Ine Eriksen Søreide. Photo: Cornelius Poppe / NTB scanpix

Norway reported for duty in NATO’s new rapid strength force for about three years.

Norway will  along with Germany and the Netherlands take responsibility for the rapid force in 2019,  Minister of Defence Ine Eriksen Søreide (H) said to NTB before she reported the contribution at the NATO Defence Ministers meeting in Brussels on Wednesday.
– It is an important contribution from us, she says.
NATO’s new rapid strength force, called VJTF, will be able send off the first soldiers in two days if conflicts should arise where it has to take part. It will number up to 5,000 soldiers annually, and the responsibility for the force will be taken by the NATO countries themselves, on a rotating basis.
NATo aims for the overall task force to be developed to around 40,000, as an important part of NATO’s strengthening of collective defense.


Source: NTB scanpix / Norway Today