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    Nordic Defense News, Pictures, Videos And History

    The Norwegian Army is currently undergoing its Ymer 3 exercise which focuses on securing high value targets and holding them:

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    *NOTE!!! The Nordic nations are Denmark, Iceland, Finland, Sweden and Norway. Aland, the Faroe Islands and Greenland are Nordic territories and can also be included.
     
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    Still operating Bell 412s? I thought NH-90s were to replace them? Apologies if I'm wrong.

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    No replacement for the 412 has been decided upon yet. It's another one of the those platforms that's probably going to serve for 50 more years, like the M113:wacko:.

    The NH90 has replaced the Westland Lynx in Coast Guard service:

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    They also serve on Navy ships, like the Nansen class frigates, but the airframes belong to the Coast Guard (which is part of the Navy).

    In the RNoAF the Sea King is being phased out in favor of the AW101:

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    But no replacement for the Bell 214 has yet been decided upon and the type continues to serve with the Norwegian Air Force, albeit the number is being reduced.
     
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    Cruising with HNoMS Fridtjof Nansen:

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    F310 has an 8 cell VLS with ESSM, but subsequent ships in the class were armed with double the count, as noted here on Thor Heyerdahl (F314):

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    Known for being somewhat of pacifist nations, the Nordic countries have been among the most active in recent conflicts, such as those in Libya, Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria. In Iraq Norwegian soldiers belonging the Army's Telemark Battalion have served alongside American, British, French and Turkish special operations forces in training and arming friendly Kurdish soldiers:

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    Unlike 2bn. or Armored Battalion, which take conscripts, Telemark Battalion is a full-time professional force and is a mix of the US Marine Corps and Army. It is considered among the most elite military units in NATO.
     
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    @Technofox What is the total strength of Norwegian armed forces? With a possible break up on AF, Navy and Army?
     
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    In active service the Norwegian Armed forces has active 25,000 personal, with the Norwegian Home Guard - a fully deployable unit that can and has been loaned to the Military - being sized at 45,000 persons. The total strength is about 83,000. Surge mobilization takes the total above 130,000.

    The Norwegian Navy has roughly 4000 full-time personal, but during a full mobilization this total is increased to nearly 35,000. The Coast Guard having a mere 400. The Norwegian Air Force has 1,400 full-time persons, 600 conscripts are on duty at any one time as well. During a full mobilization the strength of the Air Force is increased to 5,500. The Army has 11,000 persons. The current breakdown of the Army is difficult to gauge as only one full-time professional force exists, this being Telemark Battalion. The rest of the units within Brigade Nord are a mix of conscripts and professional forces. Adding to the difficultly is that the Norwegian Army is currently undergoing a restructuring.

    A fifth branch was recently created, this being the Norwegian Cyber Defense Force - these soldiers are with the group's Communication and Information Systems Task Group:

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    The Cyber Defense Force has 1,500 full time personal, including the above direction action units.

    Special Forces units are also difficult to gauge. KJK is being disbanded with it personal folded into FSK or MJK, but a new Ranger unit is being created to focus on operations in Northern Norway, in response to a resurgent and more belligerent Russia. I can't give you an accurate size for the Norwegian Armed Forces special operations units.
     
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    Soldiers for Cyber Defense?
     
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    Yes. Direct action groups designed to seize. sabotage or monitor hostile communications or EW assets or establish friendly assets within hostile space. Similar in its scope to the American JCU.

    Do you want a breakdown of the individual assets of the Norwegian Armed Forces too? Like ship classes, numbers and armament (for other branches too)? I can do that as well.
     
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    That would be too much hassle for you.

    Thanks a ton for all the info.

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    I noticed Abingdonboy posted photos of the IN's VBSS teams, ours belong to MJK - marinejegerkommandoen:

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