American aircraft carrier USS Gerald Ford. Photo by Javad Parsa (Reuters/Scanpix).
An American aircraft carrier arrived in Oslo on Wednesday and will then participate in exercises with Norwegian forces.
The Norwegian Defense Force said it gave them “a unique opportunity to further develop cooperation and work more closely with our most important ally, the United States”.
The USS Gerald R. Ford, a nuclear-powered ship, enters the Oslo Fjord accompanied by a speedboat carrying gunmen.
The defenders said that each ship must be half a kilometer away from the carrier, and the area above it has been declared a no-fly zone.
The arrival of the ship, which is called the world’s largest aircraft carrier, was broadcast on Norwegian public television. People, some of them with binoculars, watched on land as this colossus moved deeper and deeper into the fjord and eventually reached Oslo.
The ship will be in the Norwegian capital until Tuesday. After that, he will take part in training with the TNI.
In early May, the US Navy announced that the ship had departed Norfolk, Virginia for its first combat deployment following a shorter two-month deployment in the fall of 2022.
USS Gerald R. Ford is the first of the US Navy’s new Ford-class aircraft carriers, with two more under construction.
About 2,600 sailors serve on board – 600 less than on previous generations of carriers.
Responding to the incident, the Russian embassy in Oslo said that “such a show of force seems absurd and dangerous”.
Relations between Oslo and Moscow have been strained since the start of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. The countries are connected by a 198 km long border at the North Pole.
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