U.S. military helicopters arrive in Germany to boost NATO

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On Sunday, February 12th, U.S. military started unloading dozens of helicopters Chinook, Apache and Black Hawk in the port of Bremerhaven for further sending them to U.S. military base in Illesheim, Bavaria.

In total, 94 helicopters and several trucks of the 10th combat aviation brigade arrived in Germany from the base Fort Drum in the state of New York.

Part of the equipment will be transported on February 14th to NATO air bases in Lithuania, Poland and Romania in the framework of NATO’s Operation Atlantic Resolve.

The first part of military equipment arrived in Bremerhaven on January 6th.

Concerns about the Russian threat

At the summit in July 2016 the North Atlantic Alliance decided on the transfer of NATO forces in Eastern Europe. Germany will command the NATO allied international battalion in Lithuania, the United States in Poland, the Great Britain in Estonia, and Canada in Latvia. The expansion of the military contingent in the region became a response to the concerns of America’s European allies regarding an aggressive course of Russia after the annexation of the Ukrainian peninsula of Crimea.

Source: DW