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Norway military commemorates WWII Rjukan attack. Armed Forces Special Command (FSK) personnel will carry out a special exercise at 11:00, Tuesday, to mark the attack against the Vermork heavy water plant 70 years ago. The military demonstrations intend to show how an operation against Vemork could be executed today. Built in 1911, the 60-MW Vemork hydroelectric power station at the Rjukan waterfall was meant for industrial use. However, the plant fell in the hands of the Nazis under their WWII occupation of Norway.

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Norway military commemorates WWII Rjukan attack

Published on Tuesday, 26th February, 2013 at 07:31 under the news category, by Shruti Chauhan.
Last Updated on 26th February 2013 at 07:45.

Armed Forces Special Command (FSK) personnel will carry out a special exercise at 11:00, Tuesday, to mark the attack against the Vermork heavy water plant 70 years ago.

Vemork heavy water plant
Vemork heavy water plant
Photo: Anders Beer Wilse/Galleri Nor


The military demonstrations intend to show how an operation against Vemork could be executed today.

Built in 1911, the 60-MW Vemork hydroelectric power station at the Rjukan waterfall was meant for industrial use. However, the plant fell in the hands of the Nazis under their WWII occupation of Norway.

Many attacks were carried out aimed at destroying the plant to try to prevent Germany gaining access to heavy water, used in the manufacture of atomic bombs.

Amongst other heros, the unfortunate crew of Operation Freshman, dispatched on 12th November 1942, were commemorated 70 years on in Stavanger, western Norway.

Norway's Armed Forces Special Command (FSK) will make use of technology, illuminating targets at a distance with laser as part of today's event. F16 aircraft will then bomb the target.

In addition, Special Forces will fly to the area in Bell 412 helicopters to check the damage and destroy the remaining targets.

They will then be airlifted by helicopter while F16s provide them cover flying close to the scene.

Presiding over the ceremony will be Norway's Chief of Defence Harald Sunde, Philip Barton - Deputy Head of Mission at the British Embassy in Washington, State Secretary, Deputy Minister of Defence Eirik Øwre Thorshaug and guest of honour Joakim Rønneberg, the last survivor of subsequent Vemork attack Operation Gunnerside.




Published on Tuesday, 26th February, 2013 at 07:31 under the news category, by Shruti Chauhan.
Last updated on 26th February 2013 at 07:45.

This post has the following tags: vemork, rjukanheavywater.


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