British and French troops and associated armoured vehicles have arrived in Poland and Estonia as part of NATO’s continuing commitment to its policy of Enhanced Forward Presence in Eastern Europe.
Supporting the US-led battlegroup in Poland, 150 personnel from the British Army’s Light Dragoons have arrived in Orzysz with their JACKAL and COYOTE light reconnaissance vehicles. Their deployment will be for at least six months before being replaced by another unit.
At the same time, additional personnel from 5 Rifles and The Queen’s Royal Hussars have arrived in Estonia to join the 800-strong British-led battlegroup there. In total, Britain has deployed almost 1,000 troops to provide deterrence in Eastern Europe. Additional WARRIOR and PANTHER armoured vehicles departed the UK last week to join the deployed forces.
The commitments of ground troops will be supplemented by RAF TYPHOON aircraft deploying to Romania later this year as part of the NATO Air Policing mission in the Black Sea.
Last week also saw two trains carrying French vehicles arrive in Tapa, Estonia, supporting the UK-led battalion.