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Press release from Ministry of Defence

Acting Secretary of the U.S. Air Force and The Nordic Ministers of Defence sign Letter of Intent on Nordic-US joint exercise ‘Arctic Challenge’ (ACE)

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  • Finland's Minister of Defence Antti Kaikkonen, US Acting Secretary of the Air Force John P. Roth, Norway's Minister of Defence Frank Bakke Jensen, Denmark's Minister of Defence Trine Bramsen and Sweden's Minister for Defence Peter Hultqvist.

    Finland's Minister of Defence Antti Kaikkonen, US Acting Secretary of the Air Force John P. Roth, Norway's Minister of Defence Frank Bakke Jensen, Denmark's Minister of Defence Trine Bramsen and Sweden's Minister for Defence Peter Hultqvist.

    Photo: Ministies of Defence in Finland, USA, Norway, Denmark and Sweden

  • Sweden's Minister for Defence Peter Hultqvist signing the Letter of Intent.

    Sweden's Minister for Defence Peter Hultqvist signing the Letter of Intent.

    Photo: Marcus Björkman/Government Offices

The Acting Secretary of the U.S. Air Force and the Ministers of Defence of Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden signed a Letter of Intent on 17th February, 2021, stating political support to the continued Nordic-US engagement in the Nordic-led flag-level air exercise, Arctic Challenge Exercise (ACE).

U.S. valuable contributions are key to uphold the high-level quality of the exercise. Together with the engagement of the Nordic countries and important European contributions, the aim is to maintain ACE as one of Europe’s largest air exercises.

The signing of the Letter of Intent is a significant signal of the strong Nordic-Transatlantic cooperation and highlights the continued political and military importance of US presence in Northern Europe.

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