The US Marine Corps will send more soldiers to Norway during exercises

US Marines at VærnesUS Marines at Værnes. Photo: Ned Alley / NTB scanpix
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The restructuring of the US Marine Corps may have consequences for Norway’s defense capability, but the US still promises full support.

Major Adrian Rankine-Galloway at the corps’ European command says to Klassekampen that the USA’s obligations to Norway are firm.

“We will continue to develop our strong security cooperation with Norway,” he says to the newspaper.

He adds that American participation in Norwegian exercises will increase, while the continuous presence will be more dynamic.

“We expect to send about 400 marines to Norway by the end of the autumn this year and around 1,000 marines in early 2021,” he says.

The plan for the US Marine Corps goes by the name “Force Design 2030”. The changes occur as a result of the naval corps in the future aligning itself as a maritime force and no longer prioritizing land combat.

More specifically, the corps will aim to solve military missions in the South China Sea, writes Klassekampen. The changes mean, among other things, that the force will get rid of tanks and much field equipment. In addition, the number of soldiers will be cut by 12,000.

© NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today

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