US military reveals secret underground Norway base
The US military has revealed images of underground tunnels in Norway where they store vital equipment. The climate-controlled tunnels form part of the forward preparation strategy of NATO, which was vital to alliance planning during the Cold War.
The underground network is just one of many throughout the world which house tanks, transports and rations designed to keep a fighting force of 15,000 men in the field for at least 30 days.
Conceived during the Cold War, the stockpiles were intended to be activated in the event that a conflict with the Soviet Union turned hot. The tunnels were aimed at giving alliance planners a rapid way of responding to any invasion of Scandinavia by Eastern Bloc forces.
Today, the stores are still maintained and are used to bolster deployments around the world, such as in Afghanistan and Africa. The underground stores provide an accessible and secure location for planners.
Norway itself is no stranger to using tunnels and is an attractive destination for military planners. The Norwegian military's operations centre is located beneath a remote mountain within the Arctic Circle; while the Svalbard Global Seed Vault, intended to stave off environmental catastrophe, is buried deep beneath glacial Spitsbergen in the far north.
As the Washington Post has reported the Pentagon is adding to its inventory and boosting supplies both to aid forward deployments but also in response to Russia's recent annexation of Crimea and the continuing conflict in Ukraine.