Arthur J. Villasanta – Fourth Estate Contributor
Washington, DC, United States (4E) – The storied United States Marine Corps, whose current fight historical past has seen it do battle within the steaming deserts of Iraq and Afghanistan, is now being requested to arrange for a horrific sub-zero conflict towards Russia in Norway.
Gen. Robert Neller, Commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps, stated his males must be ready to struggle the Ground Forces of the Russian Army within the snow-blasted terrain in Norway, or in Russia, if it involves that.
He forecast his Marines are in for a “bigass fight” towards the Russian Army, which is gearing-up for a lightning conflict to beat the Baltic States of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania whereas overthrowing the pro-Western authorities in Ukraine.
“I hope I’m wrong, but there’s a war coming,” stated Gen. Neller to a Marine unit now stationed in Trondheim, Norway, a metropolis some 300 miles north of Oslo.
“You’re in a fight here, an informational fight, a political fight, by your presence.”
The Marines, who’ve been primarily based in Trondheim since January, will assist operations by NATO and the United States European Command (EUCOM).
Gen. Neller predicted Russia (in addition to China) would be the focus of any future battle exterior of the Middle East.
The Marines are deployed to a navy compound some 1,00 kiloneters from the Russian-Norwegian border, stated Norwegian media.
The U.S. plan does not name for a everlasting basing of U.S. troops in Norway. Instead, the Marines might be rotated in order to maximise coaching alternatives, in addition to tools storage.
The Marines already retailer tanks, artillery and different armored autos in climate-controlled caves in Norway as a part of a prepositioning program relationship again to the Cold War. Basing tools in-country reduces logistics prices and likewise gives a available provide of weapons, ammunition and different navy requirements.
EUCOM sees building-up weapons stockpiles as a key a part of its technique to determine a extra combat-ready pressure. United States Army Europe (USAREUR) can also be pre-positioning tanks, artillery and different preventing autos at areas all through Europe.
Norway is extensively utilized by NATO forces for chilly climate coaching so its troopers can survive and function in harsh and freezing climate. Troops are taught sensible abilities reminiscent of snowboarding, utilizing snowshoes, constructing snow caves and surviving avalanches.
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