Guto Bebb, UK Minister for Defence Procurement, and Tone Skogen, State Secretary in Norway’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) have discussed maritime patrol aircraft (MPA) co-operation in the North Atlantic.
Their discussions on 3 May were focused on how the two countries could co-operate in maintenance, training and operations with the P-8A Poseidon MPAs they are both procuring.
Emphasising increasing Russian submarine activity in the North Atlantic, Bebb said, “Not only could we cut costs by sharing training, spares and repair facilities, but we can patrol the seas together, meaning we’ve got more eyes and ears on any potential aggressors.”
Skogen placed the co-operation in the context of UK-Norway training and exercises in the North Atlantic and the Nordic region and the operationalisation of the UK-led Joint Expeditionary Force (JEF), in which Norway participates, as well as with the F-35, which both countries’ air forces are also procuring.
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