Brunssum, Netherlands - From 27 to 29 March Commander JFC Brunssum, General Salvatore Farina, met with the chiefs of Defence of Norway and Iceland, in Oslo and Reykjavík, respectively.
Meetings focused on operational updates of security and defence plans and the synchronisation of NATO and national pre-planned measures in case of crisis.
Amongst other things, topics discussed with the Norwegian Chief of Staff, Admiral Haakon Bruun-Hanssen, ranged from security in the Arctic and the North Atlantic to the role and contribution of Norwegian Armed Forces to NATO. This latter topic embraced discussion of the NATO Response Force (NRF), enhanced Forward Presence (eFP), and the Resolute Support mission in Afghanistan. Multinational operations in Iraq and the UN/EU missions in Mali were also touched upon.
In Reykjavík representatives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Director of Security and Defence of Iceland, Arnor Sigurjonsson, was highly supportive of NATO's plans for the defence and security of his country during the meeting with Commander JFC Brunssum.
While in Iceland General Farina also took the opportunity to visit the Italian Air Force Unit based in Keflavik which is currently contributing to the air policing mission in the region together with other NATO members.
The heads of defence of Norway and Iceland, both NATO founding countries, confirmed full collaboration and contribution to the Alliance's fundamental mission of defending the territory, the citizens and the values of the Alliance.
Story by JFC Brunssum Public Affairs Office