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U.S. Army Prepares For Large Scale Exercise DEFENDER Europe 2020

The U.S. Army announced the preparations for DEFENDER-Europe 20, the largest exercise of U.S.-based military forces in Europe in more than 25 years.

The exercise, named DEFENDER-Europe 20, is a large scale, a joint-training exercise that will assess the Army’s ability to move military vehicles to and from Europe.

Approximately 37,000 U.S., allied and partner-nation service members are expected to participate, with roughly 20,000 soldiers and 20,000 pieces of equipment deploying from the United States.

Some military equipment will originate from Fort Hood, Fort Bliss and Fort Stewart.

The 3rd Infantry Division out of Fort Stewart, Georgia has already begun conducting port operations in Savannah, Ga. On February 5, 2020.

Over 200 military vehicles ranging from armored personnel carriers to M2 Bradleys are being shipped from the port in Savannah, Ga. to European ports.

DEFENDER-Europe 20 will assess the Army’s ability to rapidly move a large combat force of Soldiers in case of a potential crisis.

DEFENDER – Europe 20 is a joint, multinational training exercise scheduled to take place from April to late May, with personnel and equipment movements occurring from February through July 2020.

DEFENDER-Europe 20 and its associated exercises will increase strategic readiness and interoperability by exercising the U.S. military’s ability to rapidly move a large, combat-credible force of soldiers and equipment from the United States to Europe alongside its allies and partners, to quickly respond to a potential crisis.

U.S. service members will then spread out across the region to establish intermediate staging bases with multinational forces and participate in various annual exercises.

The “DEFENDER – Europe 20” war games will be one of the biggest exercises in recent years and the third-largest since the Cold War.

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Olivia Kroth
February 14, 2020

There is nothing to defend in Europe except a dying, breaking, decrepit, dictatorial European Union. After Brexit, other nations will follow. Stay where you are, “defenders 2020”, defend your own hemisphere, the USA.

Wesaf
Wesaf
Reply to  Olivia Kroth
February 14, 2020

Another country is having a similar naval exercise so far none of the shipping from the west has reached any of there designated ports. In a lot of the cases the embarkation ports no longer exist, the ports of disembarkation are also having massive problems with secondary ports being used. However a lot of the landed equipment is suffering badly from no support units being available for at least 28 days. I wonder who? Just food for thought.

Olivia Kroth
Reply to  Wesaf
February 14, 2020

That stuff should be sunk in the middle of the ocean. Aufnimmerwiedersehen! Never to be seen again!

Vera Gottlieb
Vera Gottlieb
Reply to  Olivia Kroth
February 15, 2020

Yeah…USof A…plenty to clean up in your own backyard.

Vera Gottlieb
Vera Gottlieb
February 15, 2020

It isn’t “the Chinese are coming”….rather…the Americans are coming. With all the Winter storms Europe is experiencing…now this?

Olivia Kroth
Reply to  Vera Gottlieb
February 15, 2020

No, not the “Americans” are coming, only the US troops are coming. All the rest of North, Central and South America is staying home. Thank goodness, mental sanity in the huge continent prevails – with the one exception of the idiotic USA.

Wesaf
Wesaf
Reply to  Olivia Kroth
February 16, 2020

This is not an exercise and go home. You will find that around 80% will stay on and build bases around Kallingrad and along the Russian Borders. It appears that while the governments are welcoming the foreign troops, the people are not so happy about it at all and in many cases don’t want them there, they have enough problems as it is.

Olivia Kroth
Reply to  Wesaf
February 16, 2020

US troops cannot stay “around Kaliningrad” because this is Russian territory. They might incrust themselves in the three mini-states of Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia. In that case, the three dwarves will be blown away first by Russian bombs, in case of war. Shame those dwarves have learned nothing from the outcome of the Second World War.

Wesaf
Wesaf
February 16, 2020

Should be called CONQUEROR EUROPE 20.

Olivia Kroth
Reply to  Wesaf
February 16, 2020

Just like the US troops “conquered” Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria? … He he he … More body bags for the US please! Thousands of new body bags should be shipped over, just in case …

Olivia Kroth
Reply to  Wesaf
February 16, 2020

TASS: Over 20 Russian Baltic Fleet ships take to sea for tactical drills – At sea, the ships and vessels will carry out a set of anti-submarine warfare drills, practice delivering notional missile strikes against the enemy ships and perform artillery firings at the Fleet’s naval ranges KALININGRAD, February 14. /TASS/. The Russian Baltic Fleet’s naval group comprising over 20 ships and vessels has deployed to the sea for accomplishing combat training assignments during tactical drills, the Fleet’s press office reported on Friday. “As part of the maneuvers, corvettes, missile and amphibious assault ships, coastal-type minesweepers, landing boats and auxiliary… Read more »

Political Ornithologist
Political Ornithologist
February 16, 2020

With the US’ propensity for ingraining itself in European ‘affairs’, it might be appropriate to swap the American eagle for a cuckoo bird and its habit of hijacking the nests and ejecting the hatchlings of indigenous species.

Olivia Kroth
Reply to  Political Ornithologist
February 19, 2020

Very well said, thank you.

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