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Norwegian PM announces Libyan engagement. Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg says Norway is now officially sending its F-16s into battle in Libya. “Norway will participate in the operation "Odyssey Dawn", and the Defence Minister (Grete Faremo) has instructed the Chief of Defence to transfer command of our F-16 fighter jet contribution to the operation,” he says. Ministers adopted HRH King Harald V’s Royal Decree at an extraordinary meeting this morning meaning the jets, currently stationed at Souda Bay on Crete, could be airborne in a matter of days.

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Norwegian PM announces Libyan engagement

Published on Wednesday, 23rd March, 2011 at 10:48 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last Updated on 23rd March 2011 at 13:17.

Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg says Norway is now officially sending its F-16s into battle in Libya.

F-16 takes off with afterburners
F-16 takes off with afterburners
Photo: Forsvarets mediesenter/Trond Høyvik/FLO


“Norway will participate in the operation "Odyssey Dawn", and the Defence Minister (Grete Faremo) has instructed the Chief of Defence to transfer command of our F-16 fighter jet contribution to the operation,” he says.

Ministers adopted HRH King Harald V’s Royal Decree at an extraordinary meeting this morning meaning the jets, currently stationed at Souda Bay on Crete, could be airborne in a matter of days.

The fighters will currently be under US command. However, this will be transferred to NATO, pending agreement by all 28 members, following a deal between the US, UK, and France.

Today’s trilateral decision ends a period of uncertainty following announcements by the Obama administration it was only willing to head military action on a temporary basis.

PM Stoltenberg confirms Norway will retain sovereignty over its troops, fulfilling government policy for all international operations.

“We are participatingin a broad international coalition to strengthen the implementation of UN Security Council resolution,in which more and more countries have indicated their participation.”



Published on Wednesday, 23rd March, 2011 at 10:48 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last updated on 23rd March 2011 at 13:17.

This post has the following tags: nato, operationodysseydawn, gretefaremo.





  
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