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Norway to end Libyan fighter contributions. Norwegian officials say the country will be prematurely terminating its F-16 air support in Libya in concerns over sustainability issues. Norway has dropped approximately 370 bombs on targets in Libya to date, flying so many missions that it was beginning to run out. Government tripartite Coalition Party the Socialist Left (SV) has also expressed fears the campaign could become drawn out. “It is important Norway continues to contribute, but we must expect understanding from our allies that having such a small air force means we cannot maintain such a large fighter jet contribution over time,” Minister of Defence Grete Faremo said Friday.

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Norway to end Libyan fighter contributions

Published on Sunday, 12th June, 2011 at 13:17 under the news category, by Alison Kennedy.
Last Updated on 24th June 2011 at 19:23.

Norwegian officials say the country will be prematurely terminating its F-16 air support in Libya in concerns over sustainability issues.

Two F-16s under takeoff from Souda Bay
Two F-16s under takeoff from Souda Bay
Photo: Forsvarets mediesenter/Lars Magne Hovtun


Norway has dropped approximately 370 bombs on targets in Libya to date, flying so many missions that it was beginning to run out. Government tripartite Coalition Party the Socialist Left (SV) has also expressed fears the campaign could become drawn out.

“It is important Norway continues to contribute, but we must expect understanding from our allies that having such a small air force means we cannot maintain such a large fighter jet contribution over time,” Minister of Defence Grete Faremo said Friday.

The announcement means up to four of Norway’s six F-16s will remain until 01 August, and the government has informed Parliament it will be seeking an extra 100 million kroner to cover the costs.

Defence Ministers agreed at this week’s NATO meeting to continue Operation Unified Protector also decided NATO will be ready to support any post-Gaddafi operation if they are requested.

“Norway will take over the Chair of the Contact Group from Denmark. Participation will give us a good opportunity to exert influence on the overall international effort in Libya, even after the military operations are completed,” said Minister Faremo.



Published on Sunday, 12th June, 2011 at 13:17 under the news category, by Alison Kennedy.
Last updated on 24th June 2011 at 19:23.

This post has the following tags: gretefaremo, muammaral-gaddafi, libya, operationunifiedprotector.





  
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