Royal Navy frigates and destroyers will get a big increase to their long-range precision strike capabilities following a brand new partnership between the UK and key NATO and Joint Expeditionary Drive (JEF) ally, Norway. Strengthening defence ties between the UK and Norway, the Royal Navy will obtain the Naval Strike Missile (NSM), outfitted on a complete of 11 Sort 23 frigates and Sort 45 destroyers, in a collaboration with the Norwegian authorities. Saying the maritime functionality improve, the Defence Secretary additionally met with Northern Group Defence Ministers on board the Royal Navy’s flagship, HMS Queen Elizabeth, alongside in Oslo.

Defence Secretary Ben Wallace mentioned;”We now have an extended historical past of defence cooperation with Norway. This new settlement cements our partnership with considered one of our closest allies, while strengthening our Royal Navy with a brand new floor to floor strike functionality.”


Norwegian Minister of Defence Bjørn Arild Gram, mentioned;”It is a important activity with an formidable timeline. Each nations have established a chosen crew with a powerful mandate to make sure the success of this frequent effort. The Norwegian firm Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace is supporting the joint crew with their experience and the deliberate integration on the UK vessels.”

Saying the maritime functionality improve, the UK Defence Secretary Ben Wallace and Norwegian Minister of Defence, Bjørn Arild Gram on board the Royal Navy’s flagship, HMS Queen Elizabeth, alongside in Oslo. (Photograph by Royal Norwegian Ministry of Defence/Forsvarsdepartement)

Changing the Harpoon surface-to-surface weapon, as a result of exit of service in 2023, the anti-ship missile will probably be fitted to 3 vessels at tempo and will probably be prepared for operations onboard the primary Royal Navy vessel in a bit of over 12 months. The missile system will probably be built-in in UK Dockyards via Babcock and BAE with Norwegian help, the missile system is manufactured by Kongsberg Defence Aerospace. NSM will improve collaboration and interoperability with a number of of key strategic companions. Within the North Atlantic and Baltic Sea Area customers, and shortly to be customers, embody Norway, the US, Poland, Germany, and Canada. Each the US and Australia will function NSM within the Pacific area.

The collaboration will lead to extra ships geared up with the extremely refined naval strike missiles which in flip will contributes in enhancing the safety in frequent areas of curiosity. The assembly of Northern Group Defence Ministers on HMS Queen Elizabeth, will see discussions on the implications of Russia’s unlawful invasion of Ukraine, safety developments in Northern Europe, and Sweden and Finland’s NATO membership purposes. The Northern Group is a UK initiative which goals to advertise extra coherent, environment friendly and efficient defence and safety co-operation in northern Europe. It includes 12 nations; Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Sweden and the UK.