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I was in Norway with the Royal Marines when the CAST Brigade pulled the plug. My understanding was that they had very little equipment per-positioned in theatre.Did Canada not have some stuff prepositioned in Norway too back in the day?
Canadian Air-Sea Transportable Brigade Group - Wikipedia
And is that not why we purchased the BV206? I do think some BV206 were prepositioned.
Not true. There was an Infantry Bn (light) plus an Artillery Battery worth of kit stored in Norway at least until 1992. I know, because I used it...Canada had two elements earmarked for the northern flank of NATO: A battle group from 2 CMBG in Petawawa with the Allied Command Europe (ACE) Mobile Force (a collection of several battle groups from different NATO countries) which was primarily air transportable and the Combined Air-Sea Transportable (CAST) Brigade Group (primarily the bulk of 5 CMBG in Valcartier) which was to be transported to Norway on RORO ships provided by the Norwegians. There were also two fighter squadrons and some other odds and sods.
CAST only exercised twice--once in Canada and once on Ex Brave Lion in 1986. The exercise was generally not successful. The concept died a quick death during a major defense review the following year.
We never stored any equipment of any significance in Norway for either force that I know of as it was all needed back in Canada for day-to-day training anyway.
I would love to see the whole operation and upkeep side of the house.In case you're interested, you Loggie geeks, the Norwegians have an extensive military cave network - and not just for the US Marines. Here's a little more information on the USMC caves:
Norwegian Military Caves
During the Cold War a number of military caves were built in Norway under a plan to position a US Marine Corps equipment in Europe in case of the war. The program is officially called the Marine Corps Prepositioning Program-Norway, or MCPP-N.www.military-today.com
Norway is amazing at the logistics stuff.I would love to see the whole operation and upkeep side of the house.
I remember our attempts to have a a fleet in Wx that people could just fall in on for Exercise and how horribly managed it was, be nice to see what a well managed plan looks like.
Any plan built on "let's assume away the hard restrictions" is destined for failure.Or even better: both
The coastal highway they are building is staggering in it's engineering and vision https://www.vegvesen.no/en/roads/Roads+and+bridges/Road+projects/e39coastalhighwayrouteOr even better: both