US To Double Number Of Marines In Norway To Counter Russia, Before Massive Military Exercise

The Norwegian government intends to add another 400 U.S. Marines to Norway before the most significant military exercise since the Cold War this fall, according to the country’s Ministry of Defense.

Currently, about 330 Marines from the 1st Battalion, 6th Marines (1/6), an infantry battalion in the U.S. Marine Corps based in Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, make up the rotational presence for training and exercise in the country. The influx of new Marines are expected to arrive from Romania and would increase the total number to 700 for a period of five years.

The new force of Marines will be situated in Setermoen, Norway, according to the Defense Ministry.

This fall, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) will be leading a massive military exercise across the entire country of Norway, an unprecedented maneuver not seen since the days of the Cold War. It seems like Washington and Norway are making the preliminary adjustments before a total of 35,000 troops from 30 different countries kick off the exercise, called Trident Juncture.

Map detailing plans for upcoming military exercise: 

Speaking at the Naval War College Tuesday, General Robert B. Neller said the approval for additional Marines in Norway cleared on Tuesday. Neller has been an advocate for sending Marines to extreme cold-weather environments for Arctic warfare training.

The Marines are currently on six-month rotations to Norway, where soldiers are preparing for cold-weather warfare to counter Russia.

According to the map below, Norway shares a 122-mile border with Russia and the Setermoen region is roughly 250 miles from the border.

Norway’s defense minister Frank Bakke-Jensen had previously stated that his request for more US troops would come during the summer months.

“This is an important part of the NATO membership, to have allied troops [visiting] in Norway and training with us. So for us, it’s important, but we need to do some work on the numbers, on where they are supposed to exercise,” Bakke-Jensen previously said.

Pentagon spokesman Eric Pahon said the Department of Defense said the rotational training allows Marines to “take part in world-class winter and mountain warfare training,” which he said would “strengthen the US military’s bond with the Norwegian military, and build readiness to respond in times of crisis.”

“In times of crisis and war Norway will rely on US and other allied military reinforcements. This is at the core of Norwegian security policy and is further emphasized by our NATO-membership,” Norwegian Minister of Defence Frank Bakke-Jensen said in a statement provided to CNN.

“The United States Marine Corps and Norway have a long-standing and successful relationship that we look forward to strengthening. We will continue the dialogue with the US and the USMC, aiming for mutual agreement in the near future on the continuation of the rotational training and exercise activity,” he added.

“The initiative has proven that training and conducting exercises together with allies has had a positive impact on the operational capability of our own forces.”

NATO’s chess pieces are being positioned in Norway and surrounding regions before the largest military exercise since the Cold War this fall. How will Russia respond?

Comments

LargeHardonCollider 1777 Sun, 06/17/2018 - 09:39 Permalink

A FEW GOOD MEN:

Kaffee: Colonel Jessup! Did you order the Code Red?!
 
Judge Randolph: You don't have to answer that question!
 
Jessup: I'll answer the question. You want answers?
 
Kaffee: I think I'm entitled to it!
 
Jessup: You want answers?!
 
Kaffee: I want the truth!!
 
Jessup: You can't handle the truth! Son, we live in a world that has walls, and those walls have to be guarded by men with guns. Who's gonna do it? You? You, Lieutenant Weinberg? I have a greater responsibility than you can possibly fathom. You weep for Santiago and you curse the Marines. You have that luxury. You have the luxury of not knowing what I know, that Santiago's death, while tragic, probably saved lives. And my existence, while grotesque and incomprehensible to you, saves lives! You don't want the truth, because deep down in places you don't talk about at parties, you want me on that wall. You need me on that wall. We use words like "honor", "code", "loyalty". We use these words as the backbone of a life spent defending something. You use them as a punchline. I have neither the time nor the inclination to explain myself to a man who rises and sleeps under the blanket of the very freedom that I provide, and then questions the manner in which I provide it! I would rather you just said "thank you", and went on your way. Otherwise, I suggest you pick up a weapon, and stand a post. Either way, I don't give a damn what you think you are entitled to!
 
Kaffee: Did you order the Code Red?
 
Jessup: I did the job that—-
 
Kaffee: Did you order the Code Red?!
 
Jessup: YOU'RE GODDAMN RIGHT I DID!

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Shemp 4 Victory Manthong Sun, 06/17/2018 - 14:58 Permalink

 

F’n Russians just want to conquer Norway because they are psychotic maniacs hopelessly addicted to sardines.

Not to mention the degree of Russian aggression against poor Latvia, the annexation attempts are innumerable. Literally today, this morning five times tried to annex, but the army of Latvia does not sleep.

Balance of world order is a very sensitive thing. If the Russians would invade the Baltic States and take three sprat canneries, the world would collapse.

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Joe Trader Shemp 4 Victory Sun, 06/17/2018 - 16:30 Permalink

Pretty pathetic that tylers and that a few people with bots are writing all these pro-russia comments

 

Just because something sounds different...such as supporting russia....doesn't mean it's smart.

 

None of you have taken a moment to think of the personal consequences of russia getting its way.

None of you complete idiots criticize russia in any way.

None of you fools stop and even think of the possibility that russia is lying about its intentions.

 

For those of you who repeat the propaganda line that "this is provocation" - wake up you dumb asses - war has already come to your front door considering you've been brainwashed that bad - you don't even stop to think about your best interests, nor even question ANYTHING russia does - and that's the underlying reason why zerohedge continues to destroy its own credibility.

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Shemp 4 Victory Joe Trader Sun, 06/17/2018 - 18:11 Permalink

Brainwashed jingoist is brainwashed.

None of you have taken a moment to think of the personal consequences of russia getting its way.

Both as an American and as a human being, I view the consequences as something positive, both for me and for the world.

None of you complete idiots criticize russia in any way.

Criticize Russia for what, precisely? Do try to respond with something other than the typical well-worn fake narratives.

None of you fools stop and even think of the possibility that russia is lying about its intentions.

Actions speak louder than words. The actions of the Russian government are consistent with the words of the Russian government.

When it comes to lying, the US government and US citizen European countries lie always and everywhere. It is reasonable to assume that they are not going to behave differently.

war has already come to your front door considering you've been brainwashed that bad - you don't even stop to think about your best interests

Only a TV-washed brain could believe that the US government ever acted in the best interests of Americans. Once again the reality is very butthurt hurrah-patriotism, as exemplified by this guy's comment.

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SWRichmond NidStyles Sun, 06/17/2018 - 11:48 Permalink

Their gear is up to date.

 

The guy in the foreground is holding a short range carbine totally unsuited to the open environment they are operating in.  Un-magnified Eotech optic, barrel on that thing can't be more than 14" long.  Better suited to kicking down doors in Fallujah...IOW, the last war (welcome to the US military).  He won't be ID'ing or engaging anything further than maybe 400 yards with that thing.  Looks like he might have a real rifle on his back, but he appears to be the only one of the three. 

If there are any skilled and suitably-equipped opponents a respectable distance away, these guys are casualties.

Cool goggles, though.

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Posa bluez Sun, 06/17/2018 - 13:06 Permalink

Totally. US-NATO is mobilizing tens of thousands of troops on the Western borers of Russia, along with naval forces and nuclear first strike capabilities nearby. With all these forces settled in at point blank range one has to believe the Russians have a trip-wire for reacting. It seems they are biding time waiting for anti-NATO parties to assume power in the EU (mostly anti-immigrant parties)... who will withdraw NATO forces.

 

But, yeah, if push comes to shove, Russia can't/ won't respond with conventional forces... NATO's budget is 12x the Russian defense budget. The Ruskies will respond with battlefield tactical nukes and then, I imagine, launch cruise missiles on US bases on the EU and demand EU governments surrender in 20 minutes or the cruise missiles will be launched on their capital and major cities.

 

More likely, however, once things reach this point, Russia will dump its entire nuclear arsenal and hope they can survive the US retaliation strike. For all of us, it's curtains.

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NidStyles divingengineer Sun, 06/17/2018 - 12:52 Permalink

Can’t carry enough ammo, and he’s likely already carrying rounds for the carbine as well as whatever bolt action is being used by the team. 

 

It’s a photo op, unless there is reason he’s aiming at something, and I don’t understand the choice of optic, but it’s shooter preference in those units. If he can nail ticks off a donkey at qualification ranges with an EOtech, then by all means.

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The Ram gregga777 Sun, 06/17/2018 - 09:40 Permalink

Yes, good alcohol and pretty girls.  In the 1980's, the Marines use to participate in a NATO operation Bold Guard/Northern Weddding.  This was an operation in Norway/Denmark and I believe there could have been some troops in Northern Germany.  The scenario was to stop a Soviet assault coming from Norway down into central Europe. I was there with the Marines in 1986.  I was with a comm unit in Denmark and parts of my squadron were in Norway.  I had the better assignment as I slept in a warm Danish barracks in Kyrup (NATO air base) and many of my fellow Marines slept in cold GP tents in  Boda, Norway.  I did get some nice liberty in some small nearby Danish towns like Viborg, Veijle, and Hernning.  Very pretty girls and good beer.  For me, it was a good deployment!  This deployment in this article is rather small and I am sure does not really bother the Russians.  It is really a waste of money, but so are most of the 'exercises' that are done.  Of course, somewhere out there in another young Marine officer like myself in the 80's who will enjoy the local fare and remember his deployment very fondly 30 plus years from now!

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lucitanian The Ram Sun, 06/17/2018 - 10:35 Permalink

Does your ego think that anybody gives shit if you found the beer and women of Denmark to your taste? And do you think that the maintenance of a committee of countries, and their dumb ass soldiers and officers pretending war at the cost of billions somehow justifies their necessity or actually protects anyone?

NATO is an organization of delusionals searching for a reason for their existance. 

Next time you want a holiday, pick up a Tent, rucksack, sleeping-bag, a chick and a bottle of Jim Beam and find a camp site. You don't need to carry a weapon, paint your face, be a xenophobe sexist and probably racist, mindlessly traipsing your government's hegemony to the other end of the earth to find comradery or happiness.

Don't you give a fuck if your nation is threatening the world and causing havoc while you find your jollies?

 

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NidStyles lucitanian Sun, 06/17/2018 - 12:58 Permalink

Quit being a presumptuous asshat first, then we will consider listening to what you have to say. That we talk shit to each other is nothing of consequence to you. You’re a fucking outsider, a Gaijin by Japanese standards. You wouldn’t understand unless you said sure to signing your life away for the duration of your enlistment and didn’t go awol. 

 

If I see an old sailor that I know will get all mad at me for calling him nigger, but he knows I am joking, I will call him a nigger. Doesn’t matter. He knows I am fucking with him.

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I Am Jack's Ma… Quantify Sun, 06/17/2018 - 09:50 Permalink

Where it says Russia on the map...

80 years ago that was Finland.  After invading Poland (a week or two after the Nazis) the Russians, er, I mean Soviets attacked Finland

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Winter_War

the next year they grabbed the Baltics... and began mass deportations

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soviet_occupation_of_the_Baltic_states_(1940)

Not saying this nonsense here makes any sense, but in fairness,80 years isnt that long ago, and the fear of ‘Russian aggression’ is due to relatively fresh wounds...  

which the US MIC exploits very well.  

 

I guess Trump feels these NATO exercises are vital.  Ha Ha I know he cam not cancel them politically given the media and Dems’ (and many GOP) unhinged hate of Russia...

https://www.unz.com/pgiraldi/hating-russia-is-a-full-time-job/

 

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I Am Jack's Ma… Sanity Bear Sun, 06/17/2018 - 10:35 Permalink

1) I didnt say Norway had credible fear, but it is the case people in the Baltics do want NATO protection from a Russian bogeyman.  You can call it silly, but its there, without any question, and the US exploits it. The history lesson was about context... there is fairly recent history that can be called upon and used by the US/NATO.  

 

2) But Asia isn’t the Baltics ir Scandinavia.  I don’t really see the point of the comparison... diff people, cultures and history and what is true in one case may not be true in another. 

S Korea has no fear of them because they have a massive military, and US troops, and Japan has a tiny defensive military.  Russia could take the Baltics over a long weekend.  

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bruno_the I Am Jack's Ma… Sun, 06/17/2018 - 10:47 Permalink

More wiki. The 'best' place to learn 'real' history.  

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grand_Duchy_of_Finland

The Grand Duchy of Finland (FinnishSuomen suuriruhtinaskuntaSwedishStorfurstendömet FinlandRussian: Великое княжество Финляндское, Velikoye knyazhestvo Finlyandskoye; literally Grand Principality of Finland) was the predecessor state of modern Finland. It existed between 1809 and 1917 as an autonomous part of the Russian Empire and was ruled by the Russian Emperor as Grand Duke.

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I Am Jack's Ma… bruno_the Sun, 06/17/2018 - 11:24 Permalink

Right, the Russians had invaded and subjugated the Finns who didn’t want to be part of Russia.  And the area was ethnically Finnish (and related people).  

Wiki isn’t bad on most things, really, but I agree its a place to start not... Finnish.

Look the fact remains Russia invaded these places that were not populated with Russians.  When they briefly got independence they were invaded again.

Like it or not the people there or many remember the repeated invasions of their lands, often brutal ones and involving mass deportations and its inclines them to view Russis as a threat even now.

Its not like NATO is there against the will of the Baltics.  It’s simply a part of the analysis if we’re trying to be honest about how/why NATO is there in the minds of many people there.

 

That’s the extent of my claim.  I don’t want the US there now either.

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bruno_the I Am Jack's Ma… Sun, 06/17/2018 - 11:57 Permalink

Let say that Russia was hardly ever led/run by russians.

Even their history was written by Germans.

See

G. Bayer, Gerhard Friedrich Müller, and A. Schlözer 

Catherine the Great was born Princess Sophie of Anhalt-Zerbst 

Lenin was delivered with sealed train from Germany to manage the revolution.

Trotsky came from New york  

Too many questions....

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LaugherNYC bruno_the Sun, 06/17/2018 - 12:08 Permalink

THIS is the heart of Russian duplicity, Russian revisionism, Russian false revanchism.

Even when Russia invades a sovereign nation, it is the fault of the OTHER, the outsider. WE DIDNT DO IT! The Germans made us! The JEWS made us!

It is hard to withold laughter from the bald lies, revisionist history and refusal to take ownership for its own actions that lie at the heart of Russian global policy.

Guess what? If you act as a nation, and ethnic Russians populate your army, it is RUSSIANS who did these things. Someone born and raised in Russia is a RUSSIAN. I may have Austrian blood, but I am not an Austrian. I am an AMERICAN, and I take ownership of what my country does. Barack Obama was of Kenyan blood. does that mean KENYA sent those troops to Afghanistan, or Syria?? 

The proud bear denies its own heritage.

The Russian screams out “it wasn’t me” as he kills your brother..

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bruno_the LaugherNYC Sun, 06/17/2018 - 12:35 Permalink

Talking about duplicity.

You are an AMERICAN. Does this include South and central America? I know Monroe doctrine.

Maybe Oliver Laurence North did what he did in your name? 

What about your heritage from austro hungarian empire?

Do you take ownership of all AMERICA actions in the last 200 years? May be they asked you when 'they' created the Fed?

Do you think that people in USA decide what their government do? Or all Israeli citizens have a say to what Bibi does?

Same for the Russina, Monte negro, Germany, France....

Give me a break.

 

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