US Army Preparing Biggest European Deployment In 25 Years

Some 37,000 troops will participate in workout routines throughout 10 European international locations. (Representational)

Washington:

The US Military is planning its greatest deployment of troops to Europe in 25 years, with 20,000 troops slated to participate in a large drive projection train at a time of more and more adversarial relations with Russia.

Basic Christopher Cavoli, the commander of US floor forces in Europe, stated 20,000 US-based troops will deploy subsequent 12 months to Europe the place they are going to be part of some 9,000 different US troopers already stationed there.

Some 37,000 troops will then participate in workout routines throughout 10 European international locations from Might to June, he informed reporters on the Pentagon.

The US-based forces will start flowing in in February, shifting 13,000 items of kit, together with tanks, artillery and transport automobiles, throughout 2,500 miles (four,000 kilometers), he stated.

That might be a frightening logistical problem as railroads in former Soviet international locations have smaller gauges than western European international locations and their bridges usually are not constructed to hold the load of a 70-ton Abrams tank.

The Defender-Europe 20 train, as it’s dubbed, marks a strategic turning level after years of US army cutbacks in post-Chilly Warfare Europe.

Whereas Cavoli didn’t single out Russia as the main focus, he stated its annexation of Crimea in 2014 modified every thing.

The purpose is to “reveal the US army’s skill to rapidly deploy a big drive to assist NATO and reply to any disaster,” he stated.

“Our skill as a military to undertaking energy is totally elementary to something that we’d get completed,” he stated.

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Source : NDTV