Denmark, Norway Sign Agreement for Joint Training, Arctic Monitoring and Ukraine Support

The agreement maximizes synergy between Denmark and Norway's defense assets like Leopard 2 tanks, F-35s, and SEAHAWK helicopters through joint training.
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Denmark, Norway Sign Agreement for Joint Training, Arctic Monitoring and Ukraine Support
Danish Defense Minister Troels Lund Poulsen and his Norwegian counterpart Bjørn Arild Gram sign an agreement focusing on joint training, Arctic monitoring, and support for Ukraine on June 24, 2024.

Denmark and Norway strengthen defense ties with a strategic agreement emphasizing joint training, Arctic monitoring, and Ukraine support, signed by Ministers Troels Lund Poulsen and Bjørn Arild Gram on June 24.

The collaborative endeavor underscores the shared commitment of both nations to fortify their defense capabilities and foster deeper ties in the face of evolving security challenges, particularly in Europe. With a focus on joint training exercises, the agreement aims to capitalize on the synergies between the two countries' defense assets, which include Leopard 2 tanks, F-35 fighter jets, and SEAHAWK helicopters.

"I am happy that Denmark and Norway are now moving our defense closer together and strengthening cooperation. With war in Europe, it is necessary that we have good and close cooperation with our Nordic neighbors and allies. We have already strengthened the Danish Norwegian defense cooperation in recent years has greatly benefited both countries. Now we are taking it a step further," stated Defense Minister Troels Lund Poulsen, highlighting the imperative of regional collaboration amidst geopolitical uncertainties.

The visit of the defense ministers to Danish air force bases in Skrydstrup and Karup showcased the existing cooperation between the two nations in defense operations. Notably, the collaborative efforts extend to training programs, with Norwegian crew members and aircraft mechanics undergoing training at Flyvestation Karup on Danish SEAHAWK helicopters, bolstering cross-border exchange of expertise.

Furthermore, Fighter Wing Skrydstrup serves as a pivotal hub for joint initiatives, as Norway has made available two F-16 fighter jets for the training of Ukrainian fighter pilots. Denmark and Norway's commitment to supporting Ukraine remains steadfast, with ongoing cooperation in providing essential aid to the embattled nation.