U.S. Secretary of the Navy visits Norway during his first trip abroad as Secretary

Secretary of the Navy toured the Fridtjof Nansen-class Frigate HNoMS Helge Ingstad (F313) and the Skjold-class Corvette HNoMS Skudd (P962).

Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer visited Oslo, Værnes, and Bergen October 8th to 11th, 2017. The trip was his first official trip abroad since being sworn in on August 3rd, 2017.

During the visit to Oslo, he met with Norwegian Minister of Defense Ine Eriksen Søreide and Chief of Defense Admiral Haakon Bruun-Hanssen. The two sides reaffirmed the close and longstanding defense relationship between the United States and Norway, especially in the maritime domain.

Secretary Spencer said that he was grateful to have Norway as an important ally, and appreciated the warm welcome by Defense Minister Søreide. He praised their constructive discussions on mutual interests and continued defense cooperation and noted the long shared history between Norway and the United States, both maritime nations.

“The close defense cooperation between the United States and Norway was broad and deep before, and has increased substantially in the last few years. The United States is pleased to have as effective and as capable a partner as Norway has proven to be in so many ways,” said Spencer.  He noted in particular the importance of Norway’s significant contributions to the Defeat-ISIS campaign and NATO’s Resolute Support mission in Afghanistan.

“The close defense cooperation between the United States and Norway was broad and deep before, and has increased substantially in the last few years. The United States is pleased to have as effective and as capable a partner as Norway has proven to be in so many ways.”

In Værnes, Secretary Spencer visited the U.S. Marine rotational force and toured the Marine Corps Prepositioning Program equipment in the nearby Frigaard Cave. In Bergen, he met with the Norwegian Royal Navy at Haakonsvern naval base.

“The United States truly appreciates the opportunity for the limited U.S. Marine rotational force to conduct cold-weather training in Norway, which enhances readiness and interoperability with Norwegian forces,” commented Spencer.

“The United States truly appreciates the opportunity for the limited U.S. Marine rotational force to conduct cold-weather training in Norway, which enhances readiness and interoperability with Norwegian forces.”

Secretary Spencer acknowledged Norway’s increased defense budget and spending on acquisitions under the long-term defense plan and substantive efforts to meet the commitment of two percent of GDP spending on defense for all NATO members.

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