PRESS TV Posted Sat., Night, Jan.07, 2016
The US military has begun the deployment of hundreds of combat vehicles such as tanks as well as artillery guns along with 3,500 troops to Germany in an alleged bid to boost NATO’s deterrence force against Russia in Eastern Europe.
US warships started unloading the military hardware, which includes 87 tanks and 144 Bradley fighting vehicles, in the northern German port of Bremerhaven on Friday for eventual transfer to member countries of the military alliance in Eastern Europe to enhance what was described as “deterrence against possible Russian aggression.”
Nearly 3,500 American troops from the 4th Infantry Division in Fort Carson, Colorado, will join the military equipment over the next two weeks, marking the outset of Operation Atlantic Resolve, which provides for continuous presence of a US armored brigade combat team in Europe on a nine-month rotational basis.
The deployment is aimed at relieving supposed concerns in newest NATO member nations such as Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland over what the US-led military alliance has termed as increasingly erratic and belligerent Russia.
US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter announced the move last year, declaring that the force would take part in regular military drills across the region with NATO allies.
Albania, Belgium, Canada, Croatia, France, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Romania and Slovenia will also contribute to the military presence in what NATO has described as its Enhanced Forward Presence.
The US military further intends to relocate a Stryker unit from Germany to Poland as part of that force.
The American military also plans to deploy a combat aviation brigade with about 10 Chinook and 50 Black Hawk helicopters and 1,800 servicemen from Fort Drum, New York, and a battalion with 24 Apache attack helicopters and 400 troops from Fort Bliss, Texas.
The force will be headquartered in Germany with a number of the fighting aircraft stationed in Latvia, Romania and Poland near the Russian border.