Finmark 7th Jager Company

Member of the Finmark 7th Jager Company on snowmobile
The members of the FInmark 7th Jager Company are also equipped with snowmobiles (Photo: XY)

Finmark 7th Jager Company was considered as Tier 1 special operations unit in Norway. The country has a long history, and through history, they have taken part in many conflicts. But today, they have small, but well-trained and equipped military forces. On the far Northern Reaches of Norway is the Kirkenes region. It is a frigid collection of forest and tundra that is covered in snow at least 8 months a year, which creates an extreme environment.

That part of Norway is the home of a special guerrilla force known as the 7th Jager Company from the Finmark Regiment. Their mission is to stay behind enemy lines and disrupt their forces and operations. They also were known as Arctic Ranger Company. It was the Norwegian Army’s northern-most unit which was deployed to the world’s northern-most military garrison, Porsangmoen, at 70 degrees northern latitude.

This unit of Norwegian special forces was specialized in unconventional warfare and guerrilla tactics and long-range reconnaissance deep behind enemy lines, with no support from other units, in all weather conditions and in all-terrain, for periods of up to 30 days.

Organization

Norway’s special operations force elite unit, known as 7th Jaeger Company is broken down into four platoons (tropps), a command/ Mortar platoons, and 3 rifleman platoons, with each platoon broken down further into three eight-man teams. Platoons are designated as tropps in Norway’s language. The teams inside platoons (tropps) are designed to be highly mobile is able to better exploit enemy weaknesses and use their mistakes. The 75h Jaeger Company operators use Yamaha snowmobiles to move around the snow-covered region or cross-country skis carrying a wide assortment of weapons and equipment. They are equipped with modern weaponry like other most elite military units in the world.

Members of Norwegian special forces
Norweigan Special Forces (Photo: XY)

Training and selection

Elite soldiers who are assigned to the unit are trained to not only survive in the snow and cold but to fight back. They are experts in weapons and supplies caching techniques, each platoon is expected to be able to survive and fight for at least two weeks without resupply. In the event a resupply or relocation is needed on the field, the Finmark 7th Jager Company calls upon the Bell 412 helicopters of the RNAF (Royal Norwegian Air Force). When the opportunity arises the soldiers are also able to call in air support from the Royal Norwegian Air Force’s F-16’s.

Training at the Arctic Ranger Company was similar to training at other ranger units, with the exception that much more time was spent on winter training.

Weapons and equipment

In addition to their mobility and surprise, the operators of the Finmark 7th Jager Company have at their disposal a wide range of weapons they can use in strikes and raids. Among their arsenal, there is an HK G-3 assault rifle is with a specially mounted 40mm grenade launcher, as is the Heckler and Koch MP5 9mm submachine gun. The snipers in the unit are equipped with either a Våpensmia A/S NM-149 Sniper Rifle or a 12.7mm/.50 cal rifles. Heavy weapons include Gustav 84mm antitank rocket, ERYX antitank missiles, Stinger Antiaircraft missiles, and RO L-16 81mm mortars.

Member of the Norway's Marine Jager unit - Finmark 7th Jager Company
The operator assigned to the Norwegian Finmark 7th Jager Company (Photo: XY)

The Finmark 7th Jager Company was for sure, one of the most elite units of this type in the world, and their training, dedication, and equipment proved that. But, despite all of that, the unit was disbanded and deactivated in 2011.

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