NATO Training Event In Iceland - The Reykjavik Grapevine

NATO Training Event In Iceland

Published February 4, 2014

Iceland Air Meet 2014, a NATO training event, has commenced in Iceland, reports Vísir.

This is the largest defence training exercise Iceland has ever hosted, with 300 people in attendance and 23 foreign aircraft.

A statement from NATO confirms that the exercise is being held to improve deployment and interoperability between the Nordic countries and to provide additional training opportunities to further strengthen Nordic defence cooperation.

This is the first time that Finland or Sweden have deployed to Iceland, though not the first for Norway who will be sponsoring Sweden and Finland as well as providing a training director.

As Iceland does not have an army, it will provide Search and Rescue services and general host nation support.

The Iceland Air Meet 2014 will finish on February 21.

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