NATO

Her Excellency Anne-Grete Strom Erichsen, Norwegian Minister of Defence formally signed today, 21 June 2006, a Memorandum of Agreement with Air Marshal Peter B. Walker, CB CBE BA, Royal Air Force, Director Joint Warfare Centre, declaring that Norway is "willing and able to provide substantial Host Nation Support to support the personnel at Joint Warfare Centre in fulfilling their important mission."

The Memorandum of Agreement relates to increased Host Nation Support arrangements and agreements.

The signing ceremony marks an important milestone prior to Joint Warfare Centre achieving Full Operational Capability. Commenting after the signature, Her Excellency Anne-Grete Strom-Erichsen said: "Even if the two collocated headquarters have common goals in the transformation process, the daily activities require different logistics support. This new agreement focus on clarifying responsibilities and optimizing the potential for synergies. By signing the Agreement, we have established a solid platform for continued close cooperation between two partners, the Joint Warfare Centre and Norway."