Landing in Oslo, General Mercier was received by Admiral Haakon Bruun-Hanssen, Norway’s Chief of Defence Staff, and was briefed on the Norwegian Armed Forces and the Centre of Excellence for Cold Weather Operations. General Mercier was then received by his Majesty the King of Norway, Harald V, where he invited his Majesty to visit NATO’s Allied Command Transformation in the coming months.
General Mercier’s visit to Norway followed discussions with the Alliance’s Chiefs of Defence regarding threats and challenges facing the Alliance emanating from the South, the implementation of Projecting Stability and enhancing NATO’s role in fighting terrorism, the RESOLUTE SUPPORT Mission beyond 2018, recommendations on capability development and resource requirements and the NATO Command Structure review. While in Norway, General Mercier took the opportunity to get an update on the Joint Warfare Centres activities while soliciting staff feedback on how to transform the Alliance to face the challenges of the future.
General Mercier noted the deep commitment of Norway to NATO, and to Allied Command Transformation, and Norway’s added contributions to NATO’s Command structure assessments and the protection of communication routes in the Atlantic.
For more information on General Mercier’s thoughts on the future of Alliance operations, watch the video on this page.