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Military Norwegian Caves: US Stashing Tanks, Equipment Near Russian Border

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US troops with Abrams tanks exercise at the taining range in Drawsko Pomorskie on May 7, 2015. (Janek Skarzynski/AFP/Getty Images)

By    |   Friday, 19 Feb 2016 08:37 AM

The U.S. military has moved tanks and artillery to Norwegian caves near the country's border with Russia as tensions continue to rise between NATO and Russia.

Russian bombers were recently spotted heading for United Kingdom airspace before they were intercepted by Royal Air Force jets, according to International Business Times. Norway and Russia share a 121.6-mile border and Russia's Northern Fleet is in Murmansk, about 100 miles away.

The classified caves in Norway are staffed by Norwegian and U.S. personnel, are climate-controlled, and have enough equipment to support some 15,000 Marines, the website noted.

"Any gear that is forward-deployed both reduces cost and speeds up our ability to support operations in crisis, so we're able to fall in on gear that is ready-to-go and respond to whatever that crisis may be," Col. William Bentley, operations officer for the 2nd Marine Expeditionary Brigade, said in a statement Friday on the Norwegian cave deployment, according to CNN.

About 6,500 pieces of the equipment in the cave will be used in an upcoming training exercise called Cold Response 16, the news site said. That exercise will include 12 NATO allies with more than 16,000 troops.

"This is as important as any other training," Norwegian Army Capt. Rune Andersen, the company commander for Movement and Transportation Company, said in a U.S. Marines statement. "Several aspects of that with integration of nations and preparing them in this climate all come together and prepare us for Cold Response."

During the exercise this month, tons of equipment — including battle tanks, light armored vehicles, amphibious assault vehicles — will be moved from the caves located throughout central Norway onto railcars and transported to a live-fire exercise in Rena, Norway, according to the Marines statement.

"This lets us work side by side and get expertise from the Norwegians, who operate in this environment full time," Gunnery Sgt. Joseph Conradi, logistics operations chief with Marine Forces Europe and Africa, said in the release.

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