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Defence: More training - Improved readiness

The Norwegian government proposes to spend nearly USD 7.4 billion/EUR 5,5 billion/NOK 42.2 billion on defence in 2013.

This is a real increase from 2012 of USD 52.5 million/EUR 39 million/NOK 300 million, or 4.19 per cent.

This comes on top of continued efficiency gains which will lead to a combined net total funding increase of USD 100 million/EUR 76.8 million/NOK 568 million that will fund more training and additional measures to improve the readiness of the Norwegian Armed Forces. This is in accordance with the priorities set out by the Long Term Plan for the Armed Forces that was passed in June of 2012.

-This proves that the current government helps guarantee the continued development of modern and relevant Armed Forces for Norway. During 2013 we will continue to invest in training, readiness and new capabilities, all of which puts us on a solid footing for the future, says Norwegian Minister of Defence, Anne-Grete Strøm-Erichsen.

Tje Government says that though the nature of the Norwegian contribution to the continuing operations in Afghanistan has changed, Norway's commitment to preventing international terrorists from returning to Afghanistan, promoting the security of the Afghan people as well as that of the wider international community remains firm.

During 2013, Norway will therefore continue its efforts to help develop the capabilities of Afghan National Security Forces, with an aim to allow them to operate more independently of international support.

Norway's mentoring for the Afghan Crisis Response Unit (CRU) in Kabul will continue in 2013, and a Norwegian C-130J tactical transport aircraft will be deployed in Afghanistan throughout and possibly beyond the first quarter of 2013. Norway is also considering potential contributions to UN-lead operations as well as operations under NATO and European Union leadership.

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