On September 8th Secretary of Defense Ash Carter traveled to Norway and met with Norwegian Minister of Defense Ine Eriksen Søreide. During this trip Secretary Carter with Minister Ine Eriksen Søreide also visited the Bodo Air Base and was given the presentation of Norwegian Military capabilities.
“Norway is a Strong, Indispensable U.S. Security Partner bilaterally, within NATO, in the North Atlantic and Arctic, in Afghanistan and as part of the campaign against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.” elaborated Secretary of Defense Ash Carter in the press conference. Norway September 8, 2016 © DoD
Secretary of Defense Ash Carter and Norwegian Minister of Defense Ine Eriksen Soreide met with Norwegian F-16 Fighting Falcon pilots at Bodo Air Base, Norway, September 8, 2016 © DoD
The Secretary of Defense continued:
“Norway is already one of eight NATO nations spending at least 20 percent of its defense budget on equipment and it’s investing in new capabilities that will strengthen both Norway’s national defense and NATO,”
“Norway will contribute a company to NATO’s Persistent Enhanced Forward Presence Battalion in Lithuania. In Afghanistan, Norwegian personnel make important contributions to NATO’s Resolute Support mission as mentors to Afghan security personnel and as first responders, especially after the recent attack on the American University in Kabul.”
The Secretary of Defense concluded: “Thanks to leaders like Minister Søreide and its professional and principled military personnel,” Norway “will continue to play a leading role in bolstering collective security and making a better world for all of us.” September 8, 2016 © DoD
Source: DoD/Cheryl Pellerin