Russia's activity in the Arctic has forced the US Navy to create military facilities in the caves of Norway, Business Insider reports.
According to the authors, in October, the US Navy created a new object in the cave system in northern Norway. We are talking about a military hospital, which is being equipped near Bogen Bay, about 160 kilometers from the Arctic Circle. It is noted that this was done primarily because of the concern that Russia is causing the United States and its NATO allies.
"The US Navy is going underground as NATO increases attention to its northern border with Russia," reads the headline of the article.
An expeditionary medical complex has already been delivered to the facility, which has the capabilities of a modern hospital. In case of an emergency, it can be deployed in record time.
According to the authors of the article, referring to the official message of the US Navy, the new military facility in the caves of Norway will seriously expand NATO's capabilities in the region.
"This provides increased opportunities to develop common processes and procedures with NATO allies and partners. This step made it possible to conduct training in medical and logistics processes in the Arctic, which improves interaction with allies and partners," the article says.
Of particular concern to the American side and NATO are the maneuvers of the Northern Fleet of the Russian Navy in the Arctic, because of which the United States considers Norway as a military springboard.
"Russia's powerful Northern Fleet is based on the Arctic coast near the border with Norway. The United States has moved to expand infrastructure with European allies because all sides see the need to strengthen maritime surveillance in the face of an increase in the number of the Northern Fleet," the publication clarifies.
The components for the new facility in the caves of Norway were transported from Florida - it took 195 containers, which took three months to transport. The authors note that the United States has been placing its equipment in Norwegian caves for a long time.
"The U.S. Marine Corps has been storing equipment in caves in Norway since the early 1980s. Most of it was seized for the war in Iraq, but later these stocks were restored and in recent years have been used for exercises throughout Europe," the article says.
It is worth noting that the United States may not be limited to the opening of a military hospital in the Norwegian caves. This year, the United States and Norway signed an agreement to expand cooperation in defense issues, which allows Washington to build new military facilities in the Scandinavian country.
"The recent deal between the United States and Norway will expand defense cooperation between the two countries, which will allow the United States to build facilities on Norwegian bases. The expansion of cooperation between the two countries is taking place against the background of increasing tensions in relations with Russia in Europe, especially in the European Arctic. Russian submarines have also become more active in the North Atlantic, which worries the NATO leadership," the article says.