Defense Minister Frank Bakke-Jensen (H) and Attorney General Tor Mikkel Wara (Frp) are both in place to receive the ship early Friday morning.
On board, there are about 250 military vehicles which contain equipment going north to Gardermoen, Sessvollmoen and Rena.
The head of the US command in Europe, General Curtis Scaparrotti, is already in the country. On Thursday he met Prime Minister Erna Solberg.
The major NATO exercise will feature large parts of the country for several months to come. Material and 40,000 people will be transported during September and October before the field exercise begins with training on October 25th. November 14 starts a command-class exercise.
Return of troops and repatriation of equipment is also a laborious process but is scheduled to be completed by Christmas.
Preparations for the exercise are already going on, but the reception at Borg Harbor in Fredrikstad is currently the largest single reception. Immediately after, the transport starts north in the country.
40,000 men and women
The counties Nordland, Trøndelag, Møre og Romsdal, Oppland, Hedmark, Oslo and Akershus and Østfold will be characterized by the preparation for the exercise. The public will especially note the transportation of military equipment in columns along the main roads.
Military personnel from 31 countries will participate. It includes NATO’s 29 member countries in addition to Sweden and Finland. Around 10,000 vehicles, 120 aircraft and 70 naval vessels will be in business. The exercise itself takes place south of Trondheim and north of Rena, as well as in the air and on the sea.
October 30th is the big demonstration day planned at Byneset, outside Trondheim. Military commanders, Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg and ambassadors from NATO countries will see airplanes and ships.