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Royal Welsh Regiment to be base unit of British contingent in Estonia from November
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    Royal Welsh Regiment to be base unit of British contingent in Estonia from November

    TALLINN, Jul 19, BNS - A second British Army armored battle group, based around the 1st Battalion, The Royal Welsh Regiment, is to deploy to Estonia in November to sustain the UK's contribution to NATO's Enhanced Forward Presence mission into 2018, Jane's reported.

    The details of the rotation of the armored battle group were confirmed to Jane's by the UK Ministry of Defense on July 11, after the British Army announced details of the Royal Welsh's training exercise at the British Army Training Unit Suffield in Alberta, Canada, ahead of its Baltic deployment.

    The Tidworth-based Royal Welsh is expected to deploy to Estonia as an armored battle group, including Challenger 2 main battle tanks, to replace the current unit in the country based around the 5th Battalion -- The Rifles -- which deployed to Estonia with 800 soldiers in April for a six-month tour.

    The 2016 NATO Summit in Warsaw set the conditions for the establishment of an enhanced forward presence in Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland to strengthen Euro-Atlantic security. The British Army has been leading the multinational battle group in Estonia from early 2017.

    The enhanced forward presence has seen the deployment of robust, multinational, combat-ready forces to Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland, on a persistent, rotational basis. In the battle group deployed to Estonia, about 800 British personnel will rotate on a continuous basis alongside French and Danish forces.

    Tallinn newsroom, +372 610 8852, sise@bns.ee

    Baltic News Service

    • Published: 19.07.2017 16:34
    • LETA, BNS
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