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27 March 2017 18:18

Transfer of allied battle group to Estonia continues

The second half of the shipment of French military equipment, including infantry combat vehicles, being contributed to the allied battle group arrived today at the Estonian Defence Forces' Tapa armed forces campus.

France is contributing 300 servicemen and various types of combat equipment to the NATO combat group being stationed in Estonia, including Leclerc tanks, which will be arriving tomorrow.  In addition to the tanks, the French servicemen are equipped with VBCI infantry combat vehicles and VAB armoured vehicles.  The French will be serving at Tapa for the next eight months, after which they will hand over responsibility to the Danes.

The Estonian Defence Forces have prior experience working with the French in the operation in the Central African Republic as well as the anti-piracy operation Atalanta.

The combat group is comprised of nearly 1200 allied soldiers. The United Kingdom is contributing more than 800 servicemen, along with Challenger 2 tanks, Warrior infantry fighting vehicles, as well as AS90 self-propelled guns, and armoured vehicles.

Last June, at the Warsaw Summit, the leaders of NATO’s 28 member countries decided, as a result of the changed security situation, to station alliance combat groups in Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland.  The United Kingdom is the lead country for the allied battle group to be stationed in Estonia, with France and Denmark also contributing.

Headquarters of the Estonian Defence Forces, 717 1900, mil[at]mil.ee, Juhkentali 58, EE15007, Tallinn, Estonia.

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