According to NRK and VG, the aircraft carrier group USS “Gerald R. Ford” will sail to the Vestfjorden and train there together with allies. However, neither the Norwegian Defence Command nor the Americans will confirm this. It is significant that the hangar group will sail to Vesterålen. The further they go north, the more the Russians follow.

According to NRK, the US Navy’s largest and newest vessel will participate in the Arctic Challenge Exercise in the Vesterålen area.

The plan of the Americans governs the Americans. Our plans with them are to train a lot with the aircraft carrier’s defence group. The Army, the Air Force, the Navy and the special forces have planned to train a lot with them, says Chief of Defense Eirik Kristoffersen to the channel. (NTB)

There has been a steady flow of dignitaries to the aircraft carrier: both the Prime Minister and the Crown Prince have been onboard.

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