U.S. asks Nor­way to host ro­ta­tional force of Marines

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STOCK­HOLM — The United States wants to send a 300-strong ro­ta­tional force of U.S. Marines to Nor­way, a NATO mem­ber that shares a bor­der with Rus­sia in the Arc­tic.

Nor­we­gian De­fense Min­istry spokesman Lars Gjem­ble said Wed­nes­day that “a lim­ited ro­ta­tional U.S. Marine Corps pres­ence in Nor­way is a pos­si­ble op­tion cur­rently be­ing con­sid­ered.”

Maj. Gen. Niel E. Nel­son, the com­man­der of U.S. Marine Corps Forces in Europe and Africa, con­firmed the plans in a state­ment, adding “it would be pre­ma­ture to dis­cuss pos­si­ble im­ple­men­ta­tion of such an ini­tia­tive” be­fore the po­lit­i­cal process is com­pleted.

The force would be based in Vaernes in cen­tral Nor­way. Maj. Richard K. Ulsh, a Ger­many-based Marine Corps spokesman, said it would be the first time U.S. Marines are sta­tioned in Nor­way.

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