UK, Norway Agree to Cooperate on Maritime Patrols, Winter Training

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In particular, the defense ministries of the two countries agreed to cooperate on a maritime patrol aircraft (MPA) to reduce costs and increase operational effectiveness.

MOSCOW(Sputnik) — The UK and Norwegian defense ministers agreed Thursday their militaries would work closer together on defending their maritime borders, the UK defense secretary said.

"By stepping up cooperation with Norway on maritime patrol, we will help keep Britain safer and more secure," Michael Fallon announced.

Fallon is on a trip to Norway where he met his counterpart, Ine Marie Eriksen Soreide, at the country’s top military headquarters and visited an air force station in the town of Bodo close to the Arctic Circle.

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He signed a new agreement with the Nordic nation to stage UK exercises in Norway. Every year, UK troops conduct winter training there.

The ministers also agreed to cooperate on a maritime patrol aircraft (MPA) to reduce costs and increase operational effectiveness. The UK Defense Ministry said last year it would buy nine Boeing P8 MPAs as part of its $221.7 billion defense equipment program.

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