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In 2014 the Lynx helicopters from 337 Squadron were embarked a total of 76 days on board the Coast Guard's vessels. This is a significant reduction compared to the years before and slightly less than planned. This is mainly due to lack of available helicopters, since the Lynx helicopters were at the end of their technical lifetime. The last operational flight with a Lynx helicopter was conducted on 7 December 2014. When embarked, the helicopters flew more hours (558 hours) than the planned 500 hours. The new NH90 helicopters started operating from the Coast Guard's vessels in 2015.
The frigates and the mine vessels participations in NATO and multinational operations have led to a significant increase in our activity abroad. The reduction in activity in Northern Norway is due to national activity being registered in Western Norway of budgetary reasons. Our ambition for presence in Northern Norway is therefore far from being fulfilled.
The number of operational flights has increased. This is mainly due to more frequent and shorter cruises. Throughout the year there has periodically been little availability on aircrafts due to technical and staffing challenges. This means the high number of flights has been done with a few number of machines and crews.
A scramble is when a fighter jet takes off to intercept and/ or identify an unknown aircraft. In the table above the number of scrambles is lower than the number of identifications. This is because several aircrafts can be identified on each mission. For example, a Russian strategic bomber is often supported by both a tanker and fighter aircraft. The past couple of years have seen a slight increase in Russian air activity in international airspace along Norwegian airspace, particularly in the fourth quarter of 2014. One reason for this is that Russian flight formations now contain more aircrafts.
A military helicopter emergency was established in Bardufoss, Northern Norway in 2013. Rygge Air Base in Southern Norway supported in seven requests for assistance. Two of these missions were aid to law enforcement. Bardufoss Air Base has supported in 33 requests for assistance: 13 search and rescue missions, 8 ambulance missions and 12 general assistance missions to the police.