NATOs European defender 2020 military exercise launched in Poland

 NATOs European defender 2020 military exercise launched in Poland

The exercise should have been the largest transfer of US troops to Europe in nearly 25 years, the report said. The U.S. originally planned to send about 20000 troops to Europe from home, and 9000 U.S. troops stationed in Europe would participate in the exercise.

In March this year, the U.S. European Command announced that due to the spread of the new coronavirus epidemic, the U.S. forces deployed to Europe to participate in the European defender 2020 joint exercise will be suspended, and relevant dynamic front, joint operation evaluation, Sabre strike and rapid response exercises will not be held under the framework of the exercise. The final phase of European defender 2020 was scheduled to take place from April 20 to May 20 in Germany, Poland and the Baltic States, with 37000 soldiers from 18 countries participating.

Photo: NATO soldiers participating in NATO joint military exercises

About 6000 soldiers (2000 of whom are Polish soldiers) and 2000 pieces of military equipment, including 100 tanks, more than 230 combat vehicles, artillery and missile systems and aviation equipment, participated in the eurodefender 2020 exercise at the dravsk drill ground in Poland.

According to the report, the main purpose of this exercise is to strengthen strategic readiness and cooperation through the rapid deployment of U.S. forces to Europe, and to test the host countrys ability to accept the support of allies.

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