The surveillance planes at the military air base at Andøya provides emergency to shipwrecked far out at sea.
In the far north of the province of Nordland lies Vesterålen and Andøya with its vast bogs and craggy mountains. Andenes is located on the northern tip of Andøya and has just over 3.000 inhabitants.
Andøya Air Station is the Norwegian Armed Forces’ only base for the maritime patrol aircraft P-3 Orion. No one else can provide relief to shipwrecked far out to sea as these. About 300 people work here every day, in the department 133 Air Wing. It is a cornerstone activity of Andøya municipality with substantial local recruitment for all departments.