The US and Norwegian Governments have signed a bilateral maritime arrangement that advances maritime threat-response collaboration between the two countries.
It was signed by Norwegian Defence Attaché rear admiral Ole Morten Sandquist and US Global Maritime Operational Threat Response Coordination Center (GMCC) director Scott Genovese at a ceremony hosted by the White House National Security Council.
The arrangement connects the national-level operations and co-ordination centres of the US and Norway and will allow the two countries to co-ordinate on emerging maritime threats with potential to affect both nations. It will boost responses to maritime terrorism, piracy, drug and human trafficking, maritime cyber attacks, public health threats, marine pollution, and what the Norwegian Ministry of Defence described in a statement as "related wide-ranging Arctic challenges."
"The signing of the arrangement is important as it complements and reinforces the long-standing co-operation between our nations," the Ministry of Defence's statement added.
The GMCC was established in 2010 to co-ordinate the maritime operational threat response, a presidentially approved plan introduced in 2006 to co-ordinate the US Government's response to threats to the US and its maritime domain. GMCC is a Department of Homeland Security entity within the US Coast Guard and primarily works with the Departments of State, Defense, Justice, Commerce, Transportation and Homeland Security.