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Danish Military Jets Arrive in Iceland

By Iceland Review

The first jets and soldiers from the Danish Military arrived in Iceland yesterday to patrol the Icelandic aerospace throughout March, as part of Iceland’s defense agreement with NATO, reached after the US Military left the country in 2006.

The NATO base in Keflavík, May 2006. Photo by Páll Stefánsson.

According to Urdur Gunnarsdóttir, the information officer of Iceland’s Ministry for Foreign Affairs, the cost of these operations on Iceland’s behalf are much lower than originally estimated, now set at ISK 10 million (USD 88,000, EUR 70,000), Fréttabladid reports.

Gunnarsdóttir explained that Denmark had agreed to cover part of the cost because of the financial situation in Iceland. Four F16 military jets and approximately 50 Danish soldiers will participate in the operations, which formally begin next week.

Stöd 2 News reported last night that the operating cost of the Danish Military in Iceland is actually five times lower than originally planned.

This is the third time that aerospace patrol has been undertaken in Iceland by the military of a NATO member state since the agreement was signed.

The French Military patrolled Iceland last spring and the US Military in September 2008, when the “North Viking” military exercise took place. The British Military was supposed to patrol Iceland’s aerospace last December, but it was called off.

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