Consisting of equipment and munitions stored at six cave sites and two airfield sites in central Norway, MCPP-N enhances the operational responsiveness of all Geographic Combatant Commands (GCC) by providing mission tailored, prepositioned support to Marine Corps global expeditionary operations. Currently, MCPP-N can provide munitions to support a MEB for up to 30 days, and ground equipment to support a MAGTF built around an infantry battalion task force, combat logistics battalion, and composite aviation squadron. Additionally, MCPP-N is postured to be the Marine Corps’ preeminent cold weather and mountaineering equipment set, providing cold weather, unique items to deploying MAGTFs, to include arctic tents, skis, snowshoes, and ice chains for tactical vehicles. Through 2018, the current MCPP-N equipment tailoring process will be completed, the results of which will be an even more robust gear set that will serve as the first echelon of equipment and supplies required to stand up a MEB.
MCPP-N is a fully bi-lateral program and has a unique burden sharing agreement with the Kingdom of Norway, whereby Norway pays for half of the annual operating costs of the program. This agreement has been in place since 1995 and is a testament to the strong bond between the U.S. and Norway.
MCPP-N materiel is available for rapid preparation and marshaling at aerial, sea, or rail ports of debarkation in support of deploying MAGTFs. This forward posture of equipment and munitions reduces reaction time and eliminates the need to otherwise deploy these equipment and munitions from locations in the continental United States.
The Marine Corps drew approximately 500 ground combat vehicles from caves in Norway for Strategic Mobility Exercise 17. The equipment, as part of the Marine Corps Prepositioning Program-Norway (MCPP-N), was drawn during the exercise to determine the amount of time required to provide the assets to a quick reaction force should the Marine Corps be called to an operation or contingency abroad. The program reduces reaction time and eliminates the need to deploy equipment from locations in the continental United States. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by 2nd Lt. Brett Lazaroff)
NORWAY 05.06.2017 Photo by 2nd Lt. Brett Lazaroff U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Europe and Africa