The most advanced U.S. aircraft carrier reached Oslo on Wednesday, with Norway’s armed forces mentioning that it gives a unique opportunity to boost cooperation and work more closely with an essential ally, the U.S.
The nuclear-powered vessel named USS Gerald R. Ford reportedly entered the Oslo fjord escorted by a dinghy-type vessel with armed individuals on board. The armed forces from Norway have stated that boats need to stay a half-kilometre from the aircraft carrier. A no-fly zone was built over the area where the aircraft carrier was.
Referred to as the largest aircraft carrier in the world, its first-ever foreign call was broadcast live on Norway’s public television.
Onlookers, some looking through their binoculars, were spotted on land, watching as the aircraft carrier glided deeper and further into the fjord and ultimately reached the city of Oslo.
The vessel will stay in the capital of Norway till Tuesday. After that, it will participate in drills with Norway’s armed forces. In early May, the U.S. Navy mentioned that the vessel had set sail from Norfolk in Virginia, following a two-month deployment in autumn 2022, on its first-ever combat deployment.
The USS Ford is the first of the U.S. Navy’s brand-new Ford-class aircraft carriers. Two additional Ford-class carriers are currently under construction. The vessel houses approximately 2,600 sailors, 600 fewer than the earlier generation of aircraft carriers. Russia’s Embassy based in Oslo mentioned that such a demonstration of power looks harmful and illogical.
Ties between Moscow and Oslo have been tense since Russia’s war in Ukraine. Russia and Norway have a 198-kilometre-long border in the Arctic.
References: Business Insider, News in English, ABC News, Republic World
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