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Marines will continue to deploy to Norway through 2018

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U.S. Marines with the Black Sea Rotational Force prepare equipment from the Marine Corps Prepositioning Program location in Norway for use during Exercise Reindeer II. Reindeer II is a multi-national training exercise hosted by the Norwegian military to increase support capabilities between NATO allies in extreme environments. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Michelle Reif.)

WASHINGTON — Norway’s Ministry of Defense announced that Marines will continue to deploy to Norway through 2018.

Approximately 300 U.S. landed in Norway on Monday for a six-month deployment on January 2017 — the first time since World War Two that foreign have been allowed to be stationed there.

A spokesman for the Norwegian Home Guards, who hosted the Marines at the Vaernes base, about 1,500 km (900 miles) from the Russian border, said the U.S. will learn about winter warfare.

“Our Marines in Norway are demonstrating a high level of cooperation with our allies,” said Maj. Gen. Niel E. Nelson, commander of U.S. Marine Corps Forces Europe & Africa said to Stripes.

“The more we train together alongside one another the stronger our alliance becomes.”

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