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225 troops of U.S. heavy armoured company arrive in Latvia

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUOn Sunday, 5 February, 225 troops of U.S. Army’s 3rd Armoured Brigade Combat Team arrived in Latvia, as reported by the press and culture office of the U.S. embassy in Latvia.

As noted by the embassy, this will be the next rotation in the Atlantic Resolve operation. U.S. troops will work and train alongside Latvian troops, and they are ‘ready for work’, commented the embassy.

The embassy reports that armoured vehicles transported to Latvia will include M1 tanks and Bradley armoured vehicles. Latvia’s Defence Ministry notes that armoured vehicles could be delivered next week.

Defence Ministry’s press representative Kaspars Galkins had previously said that U.S. troops and armoured vehicles would arrive in Latvia at the end of February. Arrival of new troops will mark rotation in the Atlantic Resolve operation and replacement of U.S. troops from the 173rd Brigade stationed in Latvia, Galkins said.

Troops will remain in Latvia until Canada-led NATO battalion arrives in the country, the ministry’s representative added.

As part of the operation, troops from other units of the U.S. army had stayed in Latvia in the past. Last year, nine Abrams tanks, five Bradley armoured vehicles and HMMWV military jeeps were stationed in Latvia for several months.

The Wall Street Journal reported at the end of January that USA would send tanks to Baltics. This is expected to be largest deployment of force since the Cold War.

The goal of tank deployment is to demonstrate to allies in Europe that Washington remains steadfast in its commitment to ensure their security. After joint military exercises in Poland, M1A2 Abrams tank will be relocated to Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia, where they will remain until the arrival of an international NATO battalion in spring.

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