Old News: Marines Pre-Position Gear in Norway

Old news— been going on since at least the mid-80s– but entirely unwelcome to have it reported widely.

Washington (CNN) Marines are prepositioning battle tanks, artillery and logistics equipment inside Norwegian caves as the U.S. pushes to station equipment near the NATO-Russia frontier.

“Any gear that is forward-deployed both reduces cost and speeds up our ability to support operations in crisis, so we’re able to fall in on gear that is ready-to-go and respond to whatever that crisis may be,” Col. William Bentley, operations officer for the 2nd Marine Expeditionary Brigade, said in a statement Friday on the Norwegian deployment that called the caves classified.

No kidding.

But it’s good to see, in a way, the old playbooks being dusted off. If I remember correctly, there was a considerable force earmarked for Norway in the event of war, all with gear stashed there, such as the Canadian Air-Sea Transportable Brigade, and the UK/Dutch Amphibious Force built around 3 Commando Brigade, and of course the good old 4th Marine Amphibious (then Expeditionary) Brigade.

Never say never when it comes to warfare. I do believe the Scandis are getting nervous, and well they should.

About vmijpp

VMIJPP hails from the star city of the south, Roanoke, Virginia. A 1989 graduate of the Virginia Military Institute, he is a retired artillery officer in the United States Marine Corps, with time in both the active and reserve sides. He served in Iraq in 2004, and in Afghanistan in 2009-2010. He joined the magnificent OPFOR.com as a guest blogger from the now defunct but never uninteresting Rule 308, where he denounced gun control and other aspects of tyranny, and proclaimed the greatness of the United States. When the sun set on OPFOR.com, he migrated here with Keydet1976 and the others.
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