NORWEGIAN KOMMANDOS

This Kommando secures an LZ with his C8 carbine, featuring…

This Kommando secures an LZ with his C8 carbine, featuring an Aimpont optical sight.

During the Cold War, Norway was the northern flank of NATO, vulnerable to an invasion by the Soviet Union. If the Soviets came south, Norwegian troops, especially the special forces troops, would have attempted to delay the advance until NATO reinforcements in the persons of British Royal Marine Commandos, Dutch Marines, and U.S. Marines arrived. With the end of the Cold War, Norwegian special ops troops retained varied missions including countering terrorism. Currently, Norwegian special operations capability rests with four units.

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norwegian-kommandos-bNorwegian Kommandos come ashore ready for action, sporting HK G36 rifles and an AG36 grenade launcher in winter camo paint.

The Haerens Jegerkommando, generally known as the HJK, in one form or another has been in existence since 1962. In addition to having certain troops assigned to units within the HJK, it also serves as the Army Special Forces Command and the training cadre for other Norwegian special ops units. Based at Elverumn in southeast Norway, HJK has a headquarters unit, a parachute unit — which is assigned both airborne missions and training duties for all of the Norwegian armed forces — and a Spesialjegere (commando) unit. Within the parachute unit is a pathfinder platoon which functions as a reconnaissance unit and also trains other recon troops.

norwegian-kommandos-cDeployed to protect the frigid fjords that make up Norway’s coastline, a Norwegian Coastal Ranger takes aim with his HK G36 as his boat speeds towards the shore.

Closely related to the HJK are the Forsvarets Spesialkommando (FSK), to the extent that Norwegian special forces are often referred to as FSK/HJK. However, FSK has a distinct counter-terrorist mission to protect Norway’s offshore oil platforms, counter hijackings, and carry out hostage rescue operations. FSK has worked closely with U.S. Delta Force and the British SAS, including missions in Afghanistan. On certain barricade or hostage incidents, the Norwegian police will call in FSK.

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  • USMC Recce

    I had a chance to work with Norwegian special forces and I was impressed plus we learned a lot about Artic survival. ( still shave at night not in the morning) and I can build a very comfortable snow cave Thank You. If they keep to themselves it is because U R not buying the beer.

  • TheSaint

    The allies are trying to use the Norwegian special soldiers much in Iraq and they are very sought after by the Allies

    But they never talk to any other than themselves. They keep a distance from everybody

  • Sergeant F

    @General Jim M
    What an utterly stupid comment.
    The last time Norway fought a war? hmm, let me see.
    They’re in afghanistan and was in Iraq..

    Actually MJK is the best special forces group in the world.. They are the only Special forces in the coalition forces in aghanistan who has not been airlifted out during a mission due to altitude sickness or dehydration. They are also the special forces with most missions. So please do some resource before making silly comments. 🙂

  • Captain S

    He is wearing white trousers, if you have had even the slightest winter warfare training you would know that the upper part of the winter camo is fairly useless when there is no snow on the trees, and in Norther Norway there are almost no pine trees for the snow to land on. For the KJK Soldier (coastal ranger) He might look heavy, but it’s the suit that’s made for water missions, impervious to water if you do it right. He is also hooked to the boat, with their training you would have a job if you fell overboard, which counts both for the tactical boat operator and the KJK operator.

    Greetings from Captain S, Norwegian Army Spesial Ranger Command, Instructor in Winter Warfare and “Behind Enemy Lines” Operations.

    If you work in an armed force, you need to learn something before you judge them…

    don’t bother to start to argue with what I’m saying, it’s all true and whatever arguments you have I can justify 🙂

  • General Jim M

    I’m not impressed.The tough vikings were pagans, without mercy, who thought the way to heaven was to die fighting with a sword. The put ANYONE to the sword. But on to why i’m not too impressed. The guy in the photo with the helicopter is in camo,he should be in white,with all that snow around he makes an excellent target. A sniper team with a Barret could take out the chopper and him.What is the guy on the boat doing? I hope he doesn’t fall overboard,it looks like he’d sink like a rock.posed photos with no thought given to tactics.When was the last time Norway fought a war?