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Britain's Prince Harry in Norway. HRH visited southern Norway’s Lista in Farsund municipality in connection with a major International Humanitarian Partnership-led exercise. “We were notified that we’d be getting a visit from a celebrity in connection with the large-scale military exercise,” Mayor of Farsund, Arnt Abrahamsen, told NRK, “and yesterday, I was lucky enough to be a one of those receiving Prince Harry when he arrived at Lista Air Station.” HRH, Patron of humanitarian charity MapAction, was collected at Kristiansand Kjevik Airport and taken by military helicopter to Farsund’s Lista, Tuesday.

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Britain's Prince Harry in Norway

Published on Wednesday, 28th September, 2016 at 13:35 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last Updated on 29th September 2016 at 11:55.

HRH visited southern Norway’s Lista in Farsund municipality in connection with a major International Humanitarian Partnership-led exercise.

HRH Prince Harry at Lista Air Station
HRH Prince Harry at Lista Air Station
Photo: Kind permission of Jeanette Johannessen


“We were notified that we’d be getting a visit from a celebrity in connection with the large-scale military exercise,” Mayor of Farsund, Arnt Abrahamsen, told NRK, “and yesterday, I was lucky enough to be a one of those receiving Prince Harry when he arrived at Lista Air Station.”

HRH, Patron of humanitarian charity MapAction, was collected at Kristiansand Kjevik Airport and taken by military helicopter to Farsund’s Lista, Tuesday.

Local publication Lister24, the first to report about Prince Harry’s visit, writes that strict security arrangements were in place.

Lista used to have an Air Station. A former military airbase, it was operational until 1996, when it was sold to a private owner.

Nazi Germany’s Luftwaffe started building the facility during their WWII occupation of Norway. The Royal Norwegian Air Force took over the facility. in 1946.

Civilian air operations from there began in 1955, with now defunct Norwegian airline Braathens SAFE starting services with their de Havilland DH.114 Heron – a small propeller-driven British airliner.

Lista Air Station
Lista Air Station
Bjoertvedt/Wikimedia Commons
Lista Air Station was shared with Farsund Lista Airport before it was closed. The latter is now used for general aviation traffic only.

The International Humanitarian Partnership (IHP) is currently conducting a five-day event in Norway called TRIPLEX.

According to them, the aim of TRIPLEX, a multi-national and multi-authority exercise, is to practice the international humanitarian response in a simulated sudden-onset emergency scenario.

Its main focus is on practicing cooperation, humanitarian coordination, and joint response planning of humanitarian, civil protection, military, and other actors. 

Also included in this IHP-organised exercise is providing support to humanitarian operations.

TRIPLEX is held every three years. 2016’s main scenario revolves around a natural disaster in a developing country, requiring a humanitarian response in rural and urban areas.

Gathering some 500 people from about 70 nations, 2016’s exercise takes place between 24th and 30th September.

A de Havilland DH.114 Heron
A de Havilland DH.114 Heron
RuthAS/Wikimedia Commons
National agencies from eight European countries are part of the IHP. These are:

Norway’s Directorate for Civil Protection and Emergency Planning (DSB)
Denmark’s Emergency Management Agency (DEMA)
Sweden’s Civil Contingencies Agency (SMB)
Finland’s Crisis Management Centre (CMC)
Estonia’s Rescue Board (ERB)
Germany’s Federal Agency for Technical Relief (THW)
Luxembourg’s Rescue Services Agency (LUX ASS)
The UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) – which currently holds the chair position of IHP until December 2017.

Other participating bodies are the UN, the EU, various NGOs and projects, the military, governments, and others including local authorities.

(Additional sources: Wikipedia)




Published on Wednesday, 28th September, 2016 at 13:35 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last updated on 29th September 2016 at 11:55.

This post has the following tags: humanitarian, charity, wwii, military, un, paywall.





  
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