The Norwegian Government has announced plans to increase its armed forces’ military preparedness following increasing security concerns across Europe.   

Based on the recommendations from the country’s Chief of Defence Eirik Kristoffersen, the country will implement the next phase of its readiness plans.  

Operations and activities of The Norwegian Armed Forces will be altered based on new priorities.

While a few units will cut the time dedicated to routine training and exercises, more Home Guard personnel will be brought in for various operations.

The Home Guard will also continue to support police personnel in safeguarding key infrastructure.

Norwegian Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Støre said: ‘We are confronting the most serious security situation we have seen in decades.

“There are no indications that Russia intends to expand its war to other countries, but rising tensions mean that we are more exposed to threats, espionage, and foreign influence operations.”

Stressing the need for all NATO members to be more vigilant, the Prime Minister added: “We have dedicated men and women who are well trained to keep Norway safe in times of uncertainty. We are also a member of a strong defence alliance. This provides us with security.”

Norway has been working on bolstering the capabilities of its armed forces since the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

The military personnel recently enhanced patrolling duties surrounding major infrastructure in the North Sea.

They are also engaged with allied forces to strengthen security across the region.

Kristoffersen said: “The most important task of the Norwegian Armed Forces is to safeguard peace and security and prevent conflict.

“What we are doing now is redefining the priorities for some of our planned activities in order to enhance our preparedness, our operational capacity and our resilience.”