How Russia was able to occupy a secret military base in Norway


Over the past decades, NATO has been steadily approaching Russian borders, transferring military infrastructure closer to us. The trend is extremely unpleasant and potentially dangerous. However, there is a very pleasant exception to this rule when Russia itself unexpectedly for all approaches NATO.


A few years ago, our country acquired its own naval base in Norway. And it's not a joke.

This is a former NATO secret military base called Olavsvern located in the harsh Norwegian fjords. Her story is amazing. The monumental construction began almost immediately after the formation of the North Atlantic Alliance and cost almost half a billion "those" dollars. According to the plans of Brussels and Washington, the NATO bloc was supposed to get a powerful stronghold from which submarines could act against the Northern Fleet of the USSR. The naval base was created by the whole Western world: the Norwegians themselves, and the British, and the Americans participated in the process.

The result was something similar to Captain Nemo’s last refuge: an artificial grotto carved into the rocks that could withstand a direct hit by a nuclear missile. This naval base could be simultaneously used by submarines and surface ships. The aboveground area of ​​the territory is 1,35 million hectares, the internal - 100 hectares. The total area of ​​the berths is 2,5 square kilometers.


The base was commissioned in 1967, and it was actively used by submarines of the US Navy, operating in the Arctic zone of the USSR. After the collapse of the Soviet Union, the intensity of the confrontation fell sharply, and the urgent need for such infrastructure decreased. The equipment installed there is outdated, and the maintenance of such a grandiose object required large investments. Oslo sent a request to Brussels with a request to privatize the base, which in 2009 received the consent of the NATO command. The irony is that the then Prime Minister of Norway was the current head of the alliance, Jens Stoltenberg, which he does not like to recall now.

Next begins the real surr. The decommissioned military base was put up for sale for 12 million euros at a Norwegian online auction. No one was willing to buy, then the price was reduced to 4,4 million euros. In 2012, a certain businessman Gunnar Wilhelmsen finally acquired the object and leased it to Russia!

Rather, the Russian OJSC Sevmorneftegeofizika became the tenant. This organization transferred to the former NATO base the domestic research vessels Akademik Nemchinov and Akademik Shatsky. Needless to say, what nervous reaction did this deal provoke in the countries of the alliance? The softest thing that Western experts wrote is:

The filling of these vessels allows in-depth research in the interests of the Russian submarine fleet.

Indeed, it is believed that under the bottom of our "researchers" are hiding mini-submarines. Former Norwegian Vice Admiral Einar Skorgen tears his hair on his head:

We deprived ourselves of the most important bridgehead and forced our submarines to do hundreds of extra miles from their bases. We have a common border with Russia in the Barents Sea. Obviously, our navy should be stationed at a naval base in the Arctic.


The most interesting thing is that the transaction was absolutely legal, therefore the claims against Mr. Gunnar Wilhelmsen are unfounded. Journalists fail to get in touch with this entrepreneur, who has already given all the necessary explanations to NATO functionaries.

Of course, there is no question of deploying Russian submarines of the Northern Fleet in Olavsvern. But it’s already good that NATO submarines cannot get up there. And it cost some 4,4 million euros. Extremely good deal.
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  1. steelmaker Offline
    steelmaker 13 March 2020 15: 29
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    Extremely good deal.

    Samara Metallurgical Plant sold for $ 2,2 million.
    Automobile Plant named after Likhachev for $ 4 million.
    Uralmash 34 thousand workers for $ 3,72 million.
    Kovrovsky Mechanical Plant, providing weapons to the entire army, the Ministry of Internal Affairs, special services for $ 2,7 million.
    The cost of the largest Russian enterprises is $ 1 trillion; the treasury received $ 7,2 billion.
    Conclusion of the Accounts Chamber:

    Privatization helped establish foreign control over strategically important defense enterprises.

    (Besogon TV)

    After the wrecking privatization of the 90s, Russia remains to rejoice at least such a petty dirty trick NATO.
    1. aries2200 Offline
      aries2200 (aries) 14 March 2020 10: 30
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      Uralmash, 34 thousand workers, for $ 3,72 million - yes, it was sold to Kakha Bendukidze (Georgian criminal authority) ... then it was bought out by the state, now and for a long time - since 2005 - it is included in the state corporation - “POWER MACHINES”, as well as “RED SORMOVO”.
  2. Bitter Offline
    Bitter (Gleb) 13 March 2020 15: 56
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    But it’s already good that NATO submarines cannot get up there.

    This is why it can’t, is this territory already alienated from Norway?
    The areas are rented, the tenant takes care of the entire infrastructure of the object and the money is dripping.
    As soon as the Norwegian warriors (the state) need anything there, the tenant will immediately move out. Much faster than it seems to him, God forbid, that the "suitcases" had time to pack.
  3. gorenina91 Online
    gorenina91 (Irina) 13 March 2020 19: 51
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    In 2012, a certain businessman Gunnar Wilhelmsen finally acquired the object and leased it to Russia!

    - And for how long did they surrender ???

    Rather, the Russian OJSC Sevmorneftegeofizika became the tenant. This organization transferred to the former NATO base the domestic research vessels Akademik Nemchinov and Akademik Shatsky.

    - No .., well, it's just ... - complete garbage ...
    - If Abramovich and others like him ...- would have driven their yachts and other floating expensive toys, then I personally ... - I would not have bothered at all ...
    - But there, the Russian OJSC Sevmorneftegeofizika managed to drive the domestic research vessels Akademik Nemchinov and Akademik Shatsky ... - Are they ... - superfluous for Russia, or what ???
    - Yes, any strain ... - even with Norway, even with Denmark (which has already happened and repeatedly) can easily go into a situation where our ships can be arrested and become hostages ...
    - It’s not enough that Russian ships are arresting in the wide world ... - and the crews with our Russian citizens have been waiting for their release for months or even years ...
    - By the way ... -Denmark and Norway are not very friendly towards Russia ... - Yes, and decisiveness and audacity in their actions against Russia ...- that of Denmark, that of Norway ...- not to borrow .. - And why does Russia always try to substitute itself and create adventures on its own ... head ... - Few Russian Somali pirates, or what ???
  4. Sergey Latyshev Offline
    Sergey Latyshev (Serge) 14 March 2020 15: 26
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    Alas, as always. No exact numbers, just another urea breakthrough !!!

    So for how much lease did the entrepreneurial Gunnar Wilhelmsen pass the parking lot to Sevmorneftegeofizika OJSC ???
    Obviously more than 4.4 million bucks (like everything, what a trifle, everyone, I suppose, has one).
    By default, NATO submarines cannot get up there, as they got rid of the base by uselessness 11 years ago (according to the article).

    And for OAO Sevmorneftegeofizika, this is a matter of their logistics. Maybe they are looking for oil under contract for Norway ??? And is it Norway that will benefit?
    In general, another urea breakthrough. For Norway, most likely.
    1. Bitter Offline
      Bitter (Gleb) 14 March 2020 21: 35
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      By default, NATO submarines cannot get up there, as they got rid of the base by uselessness 11 years ago (according to the article).

      Why, today is not needed, but tomorrow? Who can say for sure. So they can get up where they will be deemed necessary by the operational situation.
      The opinion of the owner in that case is absolutely secondary or will not interest anyone at all.

      for OJSC Sevmorneftegeofizika, this is a matter of their logistics. Maybe they are looking for oil under contract for Norway ???

      The version is interesting. It may be recalled that in 2011 Russia donated Norway 90 km² of the Barents Sea with rich deposits of oil, gas and fish resources for no reason.

      The irony is that the then Prime Minister of Norway was the current head of the NATO alliance, Jens Stoltenberg

      Some "friendly" gift to the premiere of the premiere.
      1. Sergey Latyshev Offline
        Sergey Latyshev (Serge) 14 March 2020 22: 09
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        The details are not as important as the rejection of the Urya-breakthrough (I just want to write “overpower” - it more accurately reflects the achievement) - created, IMHO, from the finger.
        And such urya-info dofiga, alas.

        Your argument only confirms mine. Indeed, in the event of complications, the courts of the Russian Federation will also be kicked out exactly ... - and?

        ... they can get up where they will be deemed necessary by the operational situation.

        - beside? Under the courts, disguised)))? For hundreds of kilometers from the old base? (and since they left, then they got up somewhere).
        IMHO, this is a very secondary argument. Spend over 4 million so that they may not be here?