The Norwegian Joint Headquarters (NJHQ) operates day and night, and has the overall command and control of all military activity in Norway. It also commands the Norwegian military personnel abroad. In Norway, it controls activities like the Coast Guard, the search and rescue service, military air traffic, and the Border Guard.
The Headquarters operates from its mountain complex outside the city of Bodø in Northern Norway. From its operation centre, experienced officers continuously monitor the activity in Norway's vast land and sea territories.
This is possible thanks to our many sensors like radars, the Coast Guard and the maritime surveillance aircraft P-3 Orion. The Headquarters gathers all the information and makes a complete picture of the current situation. This picture is shared with other departments in the Armed Forces, and with NATO.
The NJHQ Chief is the Chief of Defence's most important advisor in questions concerning military operations and activity. The current Chief is Lieutenant General Rune Jakobsen.
NJHQ main tasks:
- Keep an eye with Norway's vast sea and air territories, and have a current understanding of the overall situation.
sovereignty in Norway's land, sea and air territories – and exercise national jurisdiction in these areas.
- Be present, and be able to handle crisis of any kind.
- Support civil society.
- Plan and head military exercises.
- Provide control and support to Norwegian forces in international operations.