US cargo ship USNS PFC Dewayne T. Williams has arrived in the small Norwegian village of Namdalseid 10, bringing heavy tanks, armored personnel carriers and landing crafts.
The cargo includes third-generation main battle tanks of the M1A1 Abrams type. This new, heavier equipment will replace trucks and personnel carriers which were previously stored in the mountain bunkers of Central Norway.
Storage of new and ultramodern munitions on Norwegian soil may seem provocative to many, writes Norwegian TV2. Talking to Norwegian media, head of Trøndelag Home Guard District Ebbe Deraas says:
– I understand and accept fully that there are different views on this. But it’s our democracy. My attitude to the USA store military equipment on Norwegian soil is that it is good for us as a nation.
The upgrade to the prominent stocks in Mid-Norway will improve preparedness for Americans significantly. This happens while the conflict between Russia and Ukraine is in high level but American authorities emphasize that it is completely random.
The US has a total of six storage units located in the mountains of Norway’s central Trøndelag region. In addition to this, US war equipment is stored at two Norwegian Air Force stations in the area, one of them being co-located with Trondheim Airport Værnes, an international airport serving Trondheim, the country’s third-largest city.
The storage units were built during the Cold War and were the subjects of major controversy at that time.