Major maneuvers for the US Army. The United States Consulate in Strasbourg announced this Thursday, March 4, the passage in the skies of Lorraine of about sixty of its helicopters in the coming weeks. “The helicopters of the 1re The combat aviation brigade of the infantry division of Fort Riley will pass through the port of Dunkirk, the Calais-Mark airport and the Metz-Nancy region soon ”, indicates the consulate.
For the American military forces, this is an imposing movement of troops and materials from Pas-de-Calais to the east. This transport is scheduled to run from March 8 to 19. “The 1re Combat Aviation Brigade of the Fort Riley Infantry Division moves to Germany, Poland and Latvia to replace the airmobile brigade of the 101st Combat Aviation Brigade, of the 1st Airborne Division ”, details the authority American. The constraints of the Covid-19 epidemic will force the brigade to submit to a quarantine in Germany.
Chinook, Apache et UH-60 Black Hawk
Chinook, Apache and UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters should not go unnoticed. In particular the enormous Chinook , a heavy-duty twin-rotor helicopter designed by Boeing for the movement of troops, vehicles and weapons. The US Army is planning formation overflights of the metropolises of Metz and Nancy. “The additional equipment will be transported by rail and line trucks to the training areas,” said the US military.
These forces land in Europe for a nine-month rotation as part of l’opération Atlantic Resolve (OAR) set up in response to the Russian intervention in Ukraine and in particular in the province of Donbass, and for the benefit of the countries of Eastern Europe: Bulgaria, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland and Romania. These military deployments are funded under the European Deterrence Initiative (EDI).
A US military program increased from $ 1 billion in 2014 to $ 6.5 billion in 2019, according to a note from the French Senate. This money is intended to consolidate the presence of American forces in Europe, to finance military exercises, to improve “pre-positioned infrastructures and equipment” and to increase the defense capacities of partner countries. This is obviously not the only contribution of the United States to European defense. A high turnout that Donald Trump, the former President of the United States, wanted to see reduced, arguing in 2017: “NATO helps Europe more than it helps us. Other countries should pay more. We are protecting Europe, and yet we are paying far more than everyone else. “
Today, Trump replaced by Joe Biden, a fervent supporter of transatlantic solidarity, the tone seems to have descended on the side of the United States. What is reflected in the US Army’s message: “The deployment of combat-ready and credible American forces in Europe in support of Atlantic Resolve is proof of the strong and tireless commitment of the United States to the United States. NATO and Europe. Through bilateral, joint and multinational training, Atlantic Resolve strengthens readiness, increases interoperability and strengthens ties between allied and partner armies. ”