The US European Command and Department of the Army on 7 October announced that exercise ‘Defender-Europe 20’ will see the largest US troop deployment from the United States to Europe in 25 years.
The 19-nation exercise is scheduled to take place in Central and Eastern Europe and Georgia in April-May 2020. Personnel and equipment will begin moving in February and will re-deploy after the exercise ends through to July, US Army Europe (USAREUR) said in a 7 October press release.
The exercise will involve approximately 37,000 troops from the US, NATO members, and partner country Finland, including some 20,000 troops deploying from the US, according to USAREUR. Some 9,000 US Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marine troops based in Europe and 8,000 European service members will participate, according to a USAREUR fact sheet.
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