Tuesday, September 13, 2011

The NATO radar station in Höfn

I visited the radar station in Hofn, one of four NATO radar installations in Iceland.  The facilities are first-class thanks to the dedication and professionalism of the Icelandic authorities responsible for their operation and upkeep. These facilities play a critical role in the collective security of NATO, of which Iceland is a founding member, but more importantly, these facilities also give Iceland essential situational awareness about what is going in the airspace around the country. This is critically important for search and rescue operations at sea.  One can say that these radars are Iceland's eyes and that we are all better off having them.