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Norway base conversion reflects growing strategic importance of Arctic

5th February 2021 - 18:00 GMT | by Gerrard Cowan in Belfast

Olavsvern naval base is being overhauled to perform logistics and military training functions, as NATO seeks to exert strategic influence in the Arctic.

The acquisition by Wilnor Governmental Services (WGS) of Olavsvern naval base in northern Norway may mark a key step forward in helping NATO allies boost their presence in the Arctic.

WGS  – part of global maritime service provider Wilhelmsen Group – announced the deal at the beginning of January. WGS will assume control of the base through the acquisition of 66% of Olavsvern Group, a company that had been using the base to support operators in the oil and gas industry and other private sector businesses.  

Olavsvern was a key Arctic naval base during the Cold War, but was decommissioned from ...

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