On Wednesday, September 18, 2013, Their Majesties King Harald V and Queen Sonja of Norway visited and watched the Barents Rescue training session, organized by the Norwegian Directorate for Civil Protection, in Lyngen in Troms County.
According to the Norwegian royal court:
“The Barents Rescue is a full scale rescue and collaborative exercise [which involves] Norwegian, Swedish, Finnish, and Russian rescue crews.
The four countries have signed an agreement on mutual assistance across borders in case of a major crisis or accident were to occur. The exercise is held every other year, and involving organizations and agencies that will be involved at the major rescue operations in the Barents region.”
Meanwhile, in south Norway, Their Royal Highnesses Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit continued their visit to the county of Vest-Agder where they toured the municipalities of Audnedal and Åseral. On the agenda today included a visit to the Åseral primary and secondary school, a tour of the Minne-Åseral Kultursenter (Cultural Center), visited Byremoparken where the crown princess opened a new hiking trail, and more.
Photo courtesy of Kongehuset Norway