Naval War College Review


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.