The personnel, arms and equipment of one of the battle groups of the multinational NATO battalion will be moving to Estonia over the next six weeks.
The battle group's personnel will be airlifted to Estonia via the Ämari air base, while their equipment will arrive by land, or by sea via the port of Paldiski.
“Estonia is ready to receive its allies,” Minister of Defence Margus Tsahkna (IRL) said in a press release. “As soon as May, the battle group of the allied battalion will take part in Spring Storm, a major exercise of the Estonian defense forces, within the composition of the 1st Infantry Brigade.”
Tsahkna visited the NATO battalion’s command element at the defense forces’ headquarters last week, where he received a detailed overview of the allies’ arrival from the chief of the contingent, Col. Giles Harris. The deployment of NATO battle groups to countries on the borders of the alliance’s territory would ensure peace and stability, the minister said.
“The deployment of international battle groups is part of the alliance’s wider effort to strengthen deterrence and defense, and a vigorous testimony to the alliance’s strength and resolve,” Tsahkna said.
Leaders of NATO countries decided at the Warsaw summit last July to deploy NATO troops to Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, and Poland in response to the changed security environment. The contingent to be stationed in Estonia will be led by the United Kingdom, with additional troops contributed by France and Denmark.
The UK announced it would send 800 personnel with Warrior infantry fighting vehicles and Challenger 2 tanks to Estonia. France will send five Leclerc tanks, 13 infantry fighting vehicles (IFVs), and 300 soldiers.
Editor: Dario Cavegn