The Norwegian Coast Guard is a part of the Armed Forces of Norway. The Political aims to military forces: “Contribute to safety and security of the Norwegian society, save lives, limit the consequences from accidents, disasters and attacks from state and non-state actors”

Main duties

The main tasks of the Norwegian Coast Guard include maintaining of Norwegian sovereignty and Norwegian sovereign rights, fishery control, search and rescue (SAR), environmental protection, oil recovery, in addition to supporting other state agencies and contributing to international coast guard -cooperation.

The Coast Guard Head Quarters is situated in Sortland, Vesteraalen and Northern Norway. The broad tasks of the CGHQ include: situational awareness building, interagency cooperation and military picture compilation, executing maritime security operations, fishery control and coast guard functions.

Collaboration with other authorities

In agreement with the Coast Guard Act the Norwegian Coast Guard collaborates with different authorities, such as police, customs, Norwegian Coastal Administration, Norwegian maritime directorate, Norwegian Environment Agency, Norwegian Hydrographic Services, Norwegian Meteorological Institute, Institute for marine research, Directorate of Fisheries and The Governor of Svalbard.

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