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Extensive Military Exercise Launched in Iceland

The annual military exercise Nordurvíkingur (“North Viking”) began at the military protection zone at Keflavík airport yesterday. Around 400 soldiers from NATO member countries will participate in the exercise which ends on Friday.

The exercise will primarily take place over Icelandic waters and in relation to it, four American, six Canadian and five Norwegian military jets will circle Iceland. Special emphasis will be put on air defenses and transport of contingents to and from Iceland, Morgunbladid reports.

Radar aircrafts from NATO (AWACS), aircrafts designed to search for submarines and planes used to refuel other aircrafts will also be used during the exercise and the Icelandic Coast Guard helicopters will be on standby.

To coincide with the North Viking operation, regular airspace inspection over Iceland on behalf of NATO was formally launched yesterday, according to defense agreements signed last year following the US Naval Air Station in Keflavík being vacated in fall 2006.

According to a press release from the Ministry for Foreign Affairs, an American air squadron will be responsible for Iceland’s air defenses until September 20.

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