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Norway

Crown Prince Haakon visits military camp before major international military exercise

Crown Prince Haakon, the acting Regent, visited the Armed Forces and the National Logistics Operations Centre, also known as NLOGS, at Sessvollmoen camp north of Oslo on 7 February.

During the visit, Crown Prince Haakon was introduced to what NLOGS contributes to the Armed Forces ahead of an extensive winter exercise next month called the “Cold Response.”

Upon arrival at Sessvollmoen camp, Crown Prince Haakon was received by Chief of Defence, General Eirik Kristoffersen; Lieutenant Colonel Thor Erik Moe at the Armed Forces’ Competence Centre for Logistics and Operational Support and Brigadier Anders Jernberg, Chief of the National Logistics Operations Centre.

Crown Prince Haakon then inspected the guard force that was lined up by the camp.

The Crown Prince Regent participated in outdoor briefings and had the opportunity to try a military EOD (Explosive Ordnance Disposal) robot. The robot is used to locate and handle explosive objects at a safe distance.

About the NLOGS, the Royal Court explained that it is “a tactical headquarters under the Norwegian Armed Forces’ Logistics Organization and is an important contributor to safeguarding allies and partner nations during the Norwegian-led exercise Cold Response. The exercise is carried out in March and early April. In addition to departments from the entire Armed Forces, a number of Norwegian civilian agencies and organizations participate. Several thousand allies come to Norway to practice and train. It is expected that King Harald or Crown Prince Haakon will also visit the exercise while it is in progress.”

Cold Response is set to take place in the southeast, central and northern parts of Norway in what is being described as an essential part of the Armed Forces training to strengthen their country.

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Senior Europe Correspondent Oskar Aanmoen has a master in military and political history of the Nordic countries. He has written six books on historical subjects and more than 1.500 articles for Royal Central. He has also interview both Serbian and Norwegian royals. Aanmoen is based in Oslo, Norway.