Warships assigned to the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) were moving into position on Friday (15 September) for an amphibious landing on the coast of No-way.
AERIAL VIEW USS Little Rock being replenished by USS Pawtac.
AERIAL TV Pawtac and Little Rock.
AERIAL VIEW Frigate Stavanger.
AERIAL VIEW Frigate Oslo.
AERIAL VIEW Landing craft. (3 shots)
GV Helicopter landing on deck of Mount Whitney,
SV US Flag and bridge.
GV Another helicopter landing (3 shots)
Initials RW/VS 12.24 RW/VS 12.36
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Background: Warships assigned to the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) were moving into position on Friday (15 September) for an amphibious landing on the coast of No-way.
Code-named operation 'Strong Express', the exercise is designed to test NATO's ability to move reinforcements into northern Norway in the event of armed attack.
It's one of the biggest exercises ever held by NATO, involving 64,000 men, 300 ships and 700 aircraft from thirteen countries.
Two amphibious landings in Norway by a combined force of American, British and Dutch marines from the central theme of the exercise. NATO commanders also planned an airlift of five thousand men into Norwegian airfields and a convoy exercise in the North Atlantic ocean involving 60 merchant ships.
SYNOPSIS: Three hundred ships of the NATO force moved into position last Friday for an amphibious landing on the coast of Norway.
They're taking part in operation 'Strong Express', an exercise to test NATO's ability to move troops into Norway in the event of attack. The American oiler, USS Pawtac, is seen here refuelling the guided missile cruiser, USS Little Rock, in the Norwegian Sea.
ships from the navies of thirteen NATO countries are taking part.
Norwegian frigates are among the navel force which will support amphibious landings on the Norwegian coast by three thousand marines from the United States, Britain and The Netherlands.
The landings are the central theme of the exercise which is one of the biggest ever undertaken by NATO. Sixty-four thousand men and about seven hundred aircraft are involved.
The landings are to be controlled form the USS Mount Whitney, a floating command post from which the Admiral in charge of the exercise directs sea, air and land forces.
The amphibious assaults on the Norwegian coast will be backed by an airlift of five thousand troops to inland airfields and a large convoy operation in the North Atlantic involving sixty merchant ships escorted by destroyers and frigates.