UK tanks and combat vehicles arrive in Eastern Europe to reinforce NATO after invasion of Ukraine by Russia

According to information released by the British Ministry of Defense on February 26, 2022, United Kingdom sea, land, and air forces have arrived in eastern Europe to reinforce NATO in response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
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British Army Warrior MCV-80 tracked armored IFV Infantry Fighting Vehicle loading to RoRo at Mrachwood port transporting East Europe on February 23, 2022. (Photographer: Corporal Anil Gurung / MoD Crown Picture source UK DoD)

British Royal Navy ships, British Army troops, and Royal Air force fighters are arriving on new deployments in eastern Europe to bolster NATO’s eastern front.

British Navy HMS Trent is in the eastern Mediterranean, conducting NATO exercises with Merlin Helicopters and RAF P8 Poseidon Maritime Patrol Aircraft. They will be shortly joined by HMS Diamond, a Type 45 destroyer, which set sail from Portsmouth yesterday.

Challenger 2 main battle tanks and Warrior MCV-80 tracked armored IFVs (Infantry Fighting Vehicles) of the Royal Welsh battlegroup have arrived in Estonia from Germany, with further equipment and around 1,000 British troops arriving over the coming days. This will lead to a doubling of the UK presence in Estonia, where the UK leads a NATO battlegroup as part of the Alliance’s enhanced Forward Presence.

British Royal Air Force (RAF) Typhoon fighter jets have already completed their first air policing missions across the region, with an additional four aircraft based at RAF Akrotiri in Cyprus. Typhoons flying from bases in Cyprus and the UK are now patrolling NATO airspace over Romania and Poland alongside NATO allies with Voyager air-to-air refueling aircraft in support.

Yesterday, the British Defence Secretary held a virtual donor conference with more than 25 countries, including the US and Canada and some countries outside NATO, coordinating their support to Ukraine. They will continue to give humanitarian and military support, which includes ammunition and anti-tank weapons, and the UK has offered to conduct logistics operations to support the delivery of donations.

NATO Allies are united in response to Russia’s unprovoked invasion of Ukraine and are collectively taking a range of measures to protect their security and deter further aggression.

According to pictures released by the British Ministry of Defense, the deployment of military equipment to East Europe includes Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank, Warrior MCV-80 tracked armored Infantry Fighting Vehicles, M270 MLRS Multiple Rocket Launcher Systems, AS90 155mm tracked self-propelled howitzers, Scimitar CVRT light tracked reconnaissance armored vehicles as well as dozens of logistics trucks and 4x4 light vehicles.

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