Huge NATO exercise gets bigger

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An additional 5,000 soldiers are now due to take part this autumn in the largest NATO exercise held in Norway since the Cold War. It’s set to involve around 40,000 soldiers from 30 countries.

Brynjar Stordal of the Norwegian defense department’s operative headquarters confirmed to news bureau NTB this week that NATO has increased the number earlier reported of 35,000.

“It’s NATO that arranges the exercise, while the Norwegian Defense has the role of organizing it,” Stordal told NTB. “We’ll get more precise numbers as the dates for the exercise draw nearer.”

Around 130 fighter jets and 60 vessels are expected to take part in the exercise scheduled to run from October 25 to November 7. Most of it will take place in the counties of Trøndelag, Møre og Romsdal, Oppland and Hedmark in central- and southeastern Norway. staff