The nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman is on its way to Norway and is expected to arrive within a week’s time for the massive Trident Juncture 2018 drill, a first since the Cold War era, defense sources told Norwegian national broadcaster NRK.
A Socialist Left Party representative has slammed the upcoming arrival of the giant USS Harry S. Truman, which has space for more combat aircraft on board than the entire Norwegian Air Force, as “unfortunate” in relation to Russia, NRK reported.
This is the first time since 1989 that a US aircraft carrier is visiting Norway. Aircraft carrier groups are considered some of the most powerful tools in the US arsenal, and its mere presence is considered a strong military signal. The ship has two nuclear reactors aboard and is usually followed by submarines equipped with tactical nuclear weapons.
Lars Haltbrekken of the Socialist Left Party (SV), the former head of the Norwegian Conservation Association, blasted the arrival of the giant nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, whose motto is “Give ‘em hell,” as “unwise,” as it would further compromise Norway’s relations with Russia.
“It’s especially unwise in relation to Russia,” Lars Haltbrekken told NRK. “But allowing a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier to sail along the Norwegian coast right now, just before the start of the exercise is also unfortunate. We require the Ministry of Defense to account for the safety assessments they have made in this…