Soldiers from the British Army’s Light Dragoons and 5 RIFLES have landed in Eastern Europe as part of the UK commitment to NATO’s ‘Enhanced Forward Presence’. The Alliance says the mission is to deter Russian aggression.
Soldiers from 5 RIFLES landed in Estonia as part of an 800-strong British-led force. 150 Light Dragoons are in Poland with Jackal and Coyote light reconnaissance vehicles to support US troops leading the battlegroup.
On Monday Defence Minister Earl Howe said “The men and women of 5 RIFLES have travelled to Estonia as a part of the biggest reinforcement of NATO’s collective defence in a generation.”
The latest arrivals take the total UK deployment to the region to nearly 1,000.
Last month 300 vehicles including Challenger 2 tanks and Warrior infantry fighting vehicles were shipped out to Estonia.
RAF Typhoon jets
Later this year RAF Typhoon jets will be sent to Romania to carry out a NATO Air Policing mission in the Black Sea.
Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon said “Delivering deterrence and defence in Estonia and Poland, and air policing in Romania underlines our commitment to the security of Europe.”