U.S. Army’s twelfth Combat Aviation Brigade with their Boeing CH-47 Chinook heavy-lift and Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters arrived at Bezmer Airfield, Bulgaria on Apr. 30, 2021, for Exercise Swift Response, a part of DEFENDER-Europe 21.
Defender Europe is a large-scale Army-led train, although this yr it has vital Air Force and Navy participation. Last week, as an illustration, the USNS Bob Hope arrived off the coast of Albania in advance of its participation in a joint logistics over-the-shore train there.
This train designed to construct readiness and interoperability between the U.S., NATO allies and accomplice militaries.
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“It’s defensive in nature, focused on deterring aggression, while preparing our forces to respond to crisis and conduct large-scale combat operations if necessary,” mentioned Pentagon Press Secretary John F. Kirby, throughout a briefing Monday on the Pentagon.
According to a current service news launch, the twelfth Combat Aviation Brigade demonstrated its potential to quickly undertaking aviation property from their house bases in Germany to Eastern Europe by deploying 17 plane, crossing 7 nations in beneath 12 hours.
This yr, greater than 30,000 multinational forces from 26 nations will conduct almost simultaneous operations throughout greater than 30 coaching areas in 14 nations from the Baltics to the strategically essential Balkans and Black Sea Region.