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Confronting Russia in the High North: Pentagon Acquires Four New Air, Naval Bases in Norway

The U.S. and Norway have signed an updated military cooperation agreement that permits the American military to construct new facilities at three Norwegian airfields and a naval base. In the words of the Stars and Stripes report that related the development, the move “comes amid continuing concerns of Russian military activities along NATO’s borders, including in the Arctic region.”

The locations marked for U.S. military deployments are the Evenes Military Air Station, Rygge Military Air Station, Sola Military Air Station and Ramsund Naval Station. The Evenes and Ramsund bases are in the Arctic. In the words of Norwegian Foreign Minister (before that defense minister) Ine Eriksen Soreide, the new agreement, which provides the Pentagon unimpeded access to the bases, “confirms Norway’s key position on the northern flank of NATO.”

This announcement comes less than two years after the U.S. began upgrading a radar station at Vardø in northern Norway with a Globus-III system. Vardø is less than 40 miles from Russia’s Kola Peninsula, which contains several Arctic naval bases hosting nuclear submarines attached to the strategic Northern Fleet.

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