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Largest U.S. Aircraft Carrier Arrives In Norway For Joint Military Exercises

By Jen Snow
May 25, 2023
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This week Norway and the U.S. mounted a show of force targeting Russia in the North Sea when the American aircraft carrier, the USS Gerald R Ford, the world's largest, sailed into port in Oslo for joint naval drills.

Crowds gathered onshore to watch as the nuclear-powered ship sailed into port after the U.S. Navy announced earlier this month that the carrier had departed Norfolk for its "first combat deployment."

The Norwegian military has said the drills are "a unique opportunity to further develop cooperation and work more closely with our most important ally, the United States."

"The fact that a new aircraft carrier is now making its first visit to Norwegian waters is very positive for our cooperation with the Americans," Norwegian Defense Minister Bjorn Arild Gram said.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Jonas Gahr StΓΈre, warned that a strong reaction to the joint drills is expected from Russia.

"I don't know, but now we have teased (Russian President Vladimir) Putin even more. It's scary, I think," StΓΈre said.

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The prime minister was also optimistic saying that Oslow is "continuing the line we have had in recent years of wanting allied exercises in Norwegian waters."

The Russian embassy in Norway, however, criticized the "illogical... demonstrations of power" in response to the beginning of the exercises and called the drills "harmful."

"There are no issues in the North that require a military solution, nor issues that require outside intervention," said Russian Embassy spokesman Tiur Chekanov.

"Considering that Oslo admits that Russia poses no direct military threat to Norway, such shows of force seem illogical and harmful," he concluded.

Meanwhile, tensions between Russia and the Scandinavian countries have increased in recent months due to Finland's NATO membership bid being accepted by the alliance with Sweden's application stalled due to ongoing disagreements with Turkey.

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Jen Snow

Jen Snow is a former paralegal turned freelance writer who has a passion for foreign affairs. When not writing, she can be found curled up with her dog and a good book or outside playing in the Florida sun.
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