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US, Norwegian aircraft train together

12th November 2019 - 14:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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US and Norwegian aircraft have carried out training together over the Barents Sea north of Norway.

Three US Air Force B-52 Stratofortress aircraft flew together with Royal Norwegian Air Force F-16s in the airspace over northern Norway. The US aircraft from Barksdale Air Force Base in Louisiana are temporarily stationed in Fairford in the UK to conduct flights in European airspace.

The ability for US forces to train with their Norwegian counterparts in Norway is critical for the two nations’ interoperability, and their ability to jointly defend Norway and the NATO alliance's territory.

Maj Gen Lars Christian Aamodt, Deputy Commander of the Norwegian Joint Headquarters, said: ‘Being able to train with our most important ally in the most demanding operational environment that we have in our country, and maybe even in NATO, is very important to us. Both weather and communications can be very challenging in the high north, and seeing that we are able to handle both together with our allies is reassuring.’

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