Navy puts hospital alongside US military stockpile in Norwegian cave complex

The U.S. Navy has established a 150-bed mobile hospital in a Norwegian cave network, signaling to NATO allies that the United States is committed to defending Europe, service officials said.

Naval Forces Europe and U.S. Navy Expeditionary Medical Support Command recently placed the facility in climate-controlled caves in the Bogen Bay area, above the Arctic Circle, the U.S. 6th Fleet said in a statement Monday.

Cave networks in Norway’s granite mountains house a variety of military and engineering equipment, including M1A1 Abrams tanks, amphibious assault vehicles and howitzers. The Marine Corps began pre-positioning materiel there during the 1980s, with defense against the Soviet Union in mind.

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“This move shows our commitment to Norway and Europe and will allow us to exercise medical and logistical processes in an Arctic environment, which improves interoperability with NATO allies and partners,” said Lt. Cmdr. Anthony Skrypek, who works in the medical service corps.