Norwegian Armed Forces
The Norwegian Armed Forces (Norwegian: Forsvaret, "The Defence") is the military organisation responsible for the defence of Norway. It consists of four branches, the Norwegian Army, the Royal Norwegian Navy, which includes the Coast Guard, the Royal Norwegian Air Force, and the Home Guard, as well as several joint departments.
|Norwegian Armed Forces|
Coat of arms
|Service branches|| Army|
Navy (Coast Guard)
|Headquarters||Norwegian Joint Headquarters|
|commander-in-chief||King Harald V|
|Prime Minister||Erna Solberg|
|Minister of Defence||Frank Bakke Jensen|
|Chief of Defence||Admiral Haakon Bruun-Hanssen|
|Military age||Male: 17-44 (55 for officers) years of age for compulsory military service. Female: 17 years of age for military service. Compulsory for females born in 2000 or later.|
|Conscription||19-month service obligation.|
|31,980 males, |
|Active personnel||23,250 (2018)|
|Reserve personnel||40,000 in the Norwegian Home Guard (2018)|
|Deployed personnel||266 (2018)|
|Budget||US$7.179 billion (2019)|
|Percent of GDP||1.70% (2019)|
|History||Military history of Norway|
|Ranks||Ranks and insignia|
The military force in peace time is around 23,250 personnel including military and civilian staff, and around 63,250 in total with the current military personnel, conscripts and the Norwegian Home Guard in full mobilization.
An organised military was first assembled in Norway in the 9th century and was early focused around naval warfare. The army was created in 1628 as part of Denmark–Norway, followed by two centuries of regular wars. A Norwegian military was established in 1814, but the military did not see combat until the German occupation of Norway in 1940. Norway abandoned its position as a neutral country in 1949 to become a founding member of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO). The Cold War saw a large build-up of air stations and military bases, especially in Northern Norway. Since the 2000s, the military has transformed from a focus on defence from an invasion to a mobile force for international missions. Among European NATO members, the military expenditure of US$7.2 billion is the highest per capita.
The formal commander-in-chief is King Harald V; however, the de facto supreme decision-making is made by the Cabinet, led by the Prime Minister. The Chief of Defence (a four-star general or admiral) is the professional heads of the armed forces, and is the principal military adviser to the Minister of Defence. The Chief of Defence and his staff is located at Akershus Fortress in Oslo, while the Norwegian Joint Headquarters, responsible for commanding operations, is located in Bodø. The main naval base is Haakonsvern in Bergen, the main army camps are in Bardu, Målselv and Rena, and the main air station is Ørland.
Military branches (in order of seniority):
- Norwegian Army
- Royal Norwegian Navy
- Royal Norwegian Air Force
- Home Guard
- Norwegian Cyber Force
- Norwegian Special Operation Forces (NORSOF)
Other main structures include:
- Defence Staff Norway (DEFSTNOR) in Oslo acts as the staff of the Chief of Defence. It is headed by a three-star general or admiral. DEFSTNOR assigns priorities, manages resources, provides force generation and support activities. Each of the four branches of defence is headed by a two-star general/admiral who are subordinate to DEFSTNOR.
- National Joint Headquarters (NJHQ) located at Reitan, close to Bodø has operational control of Norwegian armed forces worldwide 24/7. It is headed by the Supreme Commander Norwegian Forces – a three-star general or admiral.
- Norwegian Defence Logistics Organisation (NDLO) at Kolsås outside Oslo is responsible for engineering, procurement, investment, supply, information and communications technology. It is also responsible for maintenance, repair and storage of material.
As of March 2016[update], Norway employs a weak form of mandatory military service for men and women. While 63,841 men and women were called in for the examination of persons liable for military service in 2012 (mandatory for men), 9265 were conscripted. In practice recruits are not forced to serve, instead only those who are motivated are selected. In earlier times, up until at least the early 2000s, all men aged 19–44 were subject to mandatory service, with good reasons required to avoid becoming drafted.
Since 1985, women have been able to enlist for voluntary service as regular recruits. On 14 June 2013, the Norwegian Parliament voted to extend conscription to women. In 2015 conscription was extended to women making Norway the first NATO member and first European country to make national service compulsory for both men and women. There is a right of conscientious objection.
- 1 National Joint Headquarters in Bodø
- 12 Home Guard districts
- Tactical Mobile Land/Maritime Command
- Joint ISTAR Unit (Intelligence, Surveillance, Target Acquisition and Reconnaissance)
- Airborne Ground Surveillance (joint NATO project)
- Norwegian Home Guard – 45,000 personnel, rapid reaction forces, follow-on-forces, reinforcement forces and reserves.
- Capacity for information operations
- Norwegian Defence Security Department (NORDSD)
- Flexible medical units
- NRBC protection (Nuclear, radiological, biological, chemical weapons )
- Explosive Ordnance Disposal
- Joint C2I Unit (command, control and information)
- Civil Military Coordination Unit (CIMIC)
- Deployable logistical support
- 2 mobilisation host country battalions (logistics for allied reinforcements)
- Brigade Nord (operational units)
- Army Weapons School
- HM the Kings Guard
- Garnisonen i Sør-Varanger
- Military Academy
- Logistics and Operational Support
- Operation Support Detachment
- 5 - 1 = 4 Fridtjof Nansen class Aegis frigates
- 6 Skjold class fast missile boats.
- 6 Ula class submarines
- Mine Warfare Capability
- Naval Special Warfare Group
- Logistics/Support Capacity
- Coast Guard
Royal Norwegian Air ForceEdit
- 72 + 2(1987) F-16 Fighting Falcon about 50-60 operational. (Being replaced by 52 Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II)
- 2 Air Control Centre/Recognized Air picture Production Centre/Sensor Fusion post (ARS Sørreisa and ARS Mågerø)
- Strategic Airlift / Aerial refueling (common NATO projects)
- Maritime surveillance (4 x P-3C Orion and 2 x P-3N Orion). (Being replaced by five P-8A Poseidon, to be delivered between 2022 and 2023.)
- Electronic Warfare (2 + 1 DA-20 Jet Falcon)
- Transport 4x C-130J Super Hercules
- Air Defence Artillery (NASAMS 2)
- Air Wing for Special Forces (6 x Bell 412)
- 18 Bell 412 transport and light attack helicopters
- 6 NH-90 maritime helicopters (frigates)
- Deployable base support
- 12 Sea King search and rescue helicopters. (Being replaced by 16 AW101)
Norwegian Home GuardEdit
- Home Guard (Air, Sea and Land)
Norwegian Cyber Defence ForceEdit
Norwegian Special Operation ForcesEdit
Small arms and handgunsEdit
- Heckler & Koch MP5 – some replaced by MP7
- Heckler & Koch MP7
- Heckler & Koch HK416 – standard assault rifle
- M320 grenade launcher – used as a grenade launcher on the HK 416 and as a standalone weapon
- Heckler & Koch HK417
- Heckler & Koch G36 – special forces only,
- Colt Canada C7 rifle – special forces only
- Colt Canada C8 rifle – special forces only
- AG3 – former standard assault rifle; currently used by parts of the Home Guard. No longer in service
- Barrett M82
- Barrett MRAD
- Glock 17 – to be replaced by the MP7 in some positions
- Heckler & Koch USP – in use with special forces
- Rheinmetall MG3 – will be replaced by FN Minimi and FN MAG as crew weapon
- FN Minimi
- M2 Browning – known as 12,7 MITR
- M72 LAW – light anti-armour weapon
- Carl Gustav recoilless rifle – anti-armour weapon
- FGM-148 Javelin – anti-armour guided missile
- M320 Grenade Launcher Module
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