Tuesday, April 7, 2015

How Norway lost control of its own secret $500 million Arctic naval base

"We will hang the capitalists with the rope that they sell us." -- Quote misattributed to Lenin, but true of collectivists nonetheless.
During the Cold War, Norway built a secret naval base, Olavsvern, that was carved into the mountain just outside the city of Tromsø, in the Arctic Circle. The base—comprised of a submarine hangar made of rock, direct sea access, nearly 150,000 sq ft of buildings and almost double that in bombproof interior space—took 30 years and cost NATO around $500 million to build to fight the threat of the Soviet Union. So how come the base is now full of Russian research vessels?

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Been to Tromso. Very cold, hard to get to. Norway handed Russia a gen, something the Swedes are unlikely to do.