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The exercises were supposed to take place from March 12 to 18 with the participation of 15,000 military from 12 countries
The Norwegian Armed Forces on Wednesday canceled a military exercise involving 15,000 NATO and Allied forces. The exercises canceled due to the new coronavirus were supposed to take place from 12 to 18 March.
«Coronavirus is out of control», – said the chief of the operational headquarters of the Norwegian Armed Forces, Lieutenant General Rune Jacobsen.
«We prefer to preserve the combat potential of our army so that we can support society in the coming turbulent period.», – he added.
The exercise was to be attended by servicemen from 12 NATO countries and alliance partners, including from the USA, France, Germany, Great Britain, Belgium and Sweden..
The exercise, organized in the north of the country, was aimed at testing international potential in high-intensity hostilities in a harsh winter..
According to Jacobsen, the Norwegian army did not want «become a burden on the civil health system», which was supposed to provide assistance during the exercise.
Last week, the Norwegian army closed a military base in the north of the country after one of the soldiers stationed there was diagnosed with the new coronavirus..
So far, this is the only confirmed case in the ranks of the Norwegian armed forces, however, according to Jacobsen, 240 soldiers have been quarantined..
Finland announced on Saturday that due to the epidemic it will not send 400 of its military personnel to the exercises..