NATO Troops Arrive In Estonia For Large-Scale Military Exercises
NATO troops arrive in Estonia for large-scale military exercises. The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) is set to carry out one of its largest military exercises in the region next month, as over 4,000 troops from various NATO countries arrive in Estonia for training. The exercises are seen as a show of strength by the alliance and a demonstration of its commitment to the defense of its member states.
NATO often known as the North Atlantic Alliance, is an intergovernmental military alliance of 30 member states, 28 of which are European and two of which are North American. Estonia's strategic location on the eastern edge of NATO's territory has made it a focus for the alliance's efforts to maintain regional stability and deter potential hostile actions by Russia.
The upcoming military exercises will play a significant role in achieving these objectives, as they will help to ensure that the Estonian military is prepared for any potential threats. The military exercises will also provide an opportunity for NATO allies to work together, build trust and cooperation, and improve their ability to operate together in times of crisis. This is crucial in an ever-changing security environment, where NATO must maintain its relevance and effectiveness.
In addition to building cooperation and strengthening the alliance's defense capabilities, the exercises will also showcase advanced military capabilities, including the use of tanks. A convoy of British tanks has already arrived in Saaremaa, Estonia, in preparation for the exercises. This display of military might will send a clear message to potential adversaries and help to deter any hostile actions.
Danish soldiers wait in their German-made Leopard 2 tanks for their "enemy" force, which is hiding in a maze of trenches deep in the freezing Estonian forest. Just 100 miles from the Russian border, French and Estonian infantry open up with a fierce barrage of fake gunfire and fightalmost hand-to-hand for control of the trenches. This is all part of a NATO military exercise.
Soldiers fall to the ground as loud artillery explosions are acted out, and people in charge of the exercise shout out who is dead and who is hurt. The goal of the annual NATO winter military exercise is to unite the multinational soldiers, who this year include Estonian, French, British, Danish, and American troops, into a single fighting force prepared to conquer enemy territory despite the frigid conditions.
Major Rasmus Jensen, the Danish contingent's commander, is a war-wounded veteran of NATO's operation in Afghanistan and thus has a wealth of hard-won expertise to share with his troops. What he actually stated was:
They have to be able to fight when we want them to fight.- Major Rasmus Jensen, Danish contingent's commander
His government has yet to join other Ukrainian friends in promising Leopard 2 tanks to Kyiv, such as Germany, Poland, Portugal, and Canada, but Jensen has plenty of information to provide. First and foremost, don't anticipate the Leopard 2s to make fast battlefield gains. According to him, the Danish military can train a Leopard 2 driver or gunner in two weeks, but getting one crew working as a four-man team "would take around two months," and getting them working as a squadron of 14 tanks and support vehicles can take years.
Meanwhile, the Leopard 2's strength is that it can move quickly through the ice-covered pines. Not only quick and light in motion, but also flexible and able to turn around quickly, which is a key advantage for shoot-and-run tank tactics.
We’ve got a great rear-view mirror camera that allows me to go backwards in a really high pace of speed with precision. almost like a swing, so it takes all the cushioning from the rough terrain when we drive over it.- Major Rasmus Jensen, Danish contingent's commander
Jensen claims that the Leopard 2's high-speed reverse offers it a significant edge over Russian tanks, whose "reverse gears are much, much slower than their forward drive." Its agility is useful in urban fighting, as well as in the freezing Estonian woodlands.
British troops on NATO exercise to help Estonian defence
The upcoming NATO military exercises in Estonia will play a crucial role in maintaining regional stability, deterring potential aggression, and building cooperation among NATO allies. It will also provide a showcase of the alliance's advanced military capabilities, sending a clear message to potential adversaries. The exercises are a demonstration of NATO's commitment to the defense of its member states and to maintaining its relevance and effectiveness in an ever-changing security environment.