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Norwegian Air Force to Patrol Iceland’s Airspace

Three Norwegian F16 fighter jets and a team of 40 soldiers arrived in Iceland on Monday and will undertake military training and patrol Iceland’s airspace for the next two weeks. The Norwegian team replaces the Spanish air force, which recently canceled its mission to Iceland due to financial reasons.

A military aircraft at Keflavík airport. Photo by Páll Stefánsson.

The military training and air patrol is part of a defense agreement made between Iceland and the NATO member states after the US military left its base in Iceland in 2006. A team from the US air force is expected to arrive in Iceland next fall, Fréttabladid reports.

Fridrik Jónsson, divisional manager at the Icelandic Defense Agency, said the cost included in the stay of the Norwegian air force delegation ranges between ISK 6 and 8 million (USD 47,000 and 63,000, EUR 34,000 and 45,000).

According to Fréttabladid’s sources, recruitment representatives of the Norwegian military were originally supposed to accompany the air force to hold a presentation for young Icelanders about the possibilities involved in joining the Norwegian military.

An explanation for the cancellation has not been provided, but according to the newspaper’s sources, the decision was made by Norwegian military authorities without pressure from Iceland.

Click here to read more about NATO member space sending military jets to Iceland.

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