The Norwegian Coast Guard shares many similarities with the U.S. Coast Guard. It is a “multimission, military, maritime service” that has not gone unnoticed by senior U.S. Coast Guard leaders.
In a recent interview with Proceedings, Vice Admiral Karl L. Schultz, Commander, U.S. Coast Guard Atlantic Area, remarked, “The Norwegian Coast Guard is similarly structured to its [U.S.] counterpart as a military force with law enforcement authorities, and search and rescue capabilities. The U.S. Coast Guard is honored to have an exceptionally close relationship with the Norwegian Coast Guard. In fact—along with our other colleagues in the North Atlantic Coast Guard Forum—we consider the Norwegian Coast Guard to be an essential partner as we carry out our statutory missions in the North Atlantic, especially fisheries inspection and enforcement.”