A little more than a year ago the then Norwegian Defense Minister Hellesen announced, in a report to the Norwegian Parliament, that Russian military activity near Norwegian waters and airspace had substantially increased. He also made it clear in his report that the number of units in the Russian Arctic Fleet had increased sharply and that the fighting power of the vessels was much improved. Numerous air and amphibious exercises suggested that Russian forces could conduct offensive operations on very short notice.
"The North Atlantic: The Norwegian Sea, A Scandinavian Security Problem,"
Naval War College Review: Vol. 25
, Article 6.
Available at: http://digital-commons.usnwc.edu/nwc-review/vol25/iss6/6