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US nuclear-powered aircraft carrier arrives in Norway for NATO military exercises



The arrival of the US nuclear-powered aircraft carrier Gerald R. Ford comes amid heightened tensions between NATO and Russia over the war in Ukraine. As detailed by the US press, this is a collective show of force by the West.

American nuclear-powered aircraft carrier “Gerald R. Ford” Considered the world’s largest, it arrived in the waters of the Oslofjord on Wednesday to participate in joint exercises. with the Norwegian army Member of NATO.

Norwegian Ministry of Defense stressed that the presence of an aircraft carrier is an opportunity “that’s all” This is to deepen military cooperation with key allies.

Nevertheless, for security reasons, He has not disclosed how long he will stay in the country. He also did not provide details about the operation.

The Norwegian military said the ship and its crew will conduct exercises with Norwegian forces along the Norwegian coast in the coming days. Reuters.

In addition, Norwegian authorities have placed restrictions on sea navigation in the Oslofjord, Flights in the region were banned until the following day, March 30.

Russian protests against US nuclear-powered aircraft carrier in Oslo

Meanwhile, the Russian embassy in Oslo has protested that the carrier presence is unnecessary.

“Given that the Norwegian government has admitted that Russia is not a direct military threat to Norway, this kind of show of power is illogical and harmful,” the statement said.

he “Gerald R. Ford” is 333 meters long and 41 meters wide. It has a crew of 4,500 and can accommodate up to 90 planes and helicopters.

“This visit is an important sign of the close bilateral relationship between the United States and Norway. “This is a sign of the credibility of collective defense and deterrence.” Norwegian Joint Command spokesman Johnny Carlsen said.

Source: Biobiochile

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