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Lithuania: US-led NATO military convoy halts in Lithuania01:02

Lithuania: US-led NATO military convoy halts in Lithuania

Lithuania, Marijampole
March 24, 2015 at 23:00 GMT +00:00 · Published

A convoy of NATO military vehicles on its way from Estonia to Germany arrived in the Lithuanian town of Marijampole, Tuesday as part of a 1,770-km (1,100-mile) tour through six European countries. Several Dutch CV90 Combat Vehicles and two US Stryker armoured personnel carriers were among the military hardware on show as military helicopters flew overhead.

The column of mainly US Army Strykers and HMMMWVs left Estonia on March 17 from the eastern city of Narva, just 274 metres (900 ft) from the Russian border. It is making its way through Estonia, Lithuania, Poland, Latvia, the Czech Republic and Germany, before reaching its final destination near the German town of Vilseck.

The six-country "Operation Dragoon Ride" began on Saturday morning in Tapa, Estonia and will continue to the unit's base, the 'Rose Barracks' in Vilseck where the convoy is scheduled to arrive on April 4. Some 100 British, Dutch, Lithuanian, Spanish, and Latvian soldiers accompanied the convoy, allowing locals to observe their vehicles.

The exercise is aimed at demonstrating "strength and solidarity" to the US and NATO allies in eastern Europe, according to US Army Europe spokesperson Lt. Col. Craig Childs.

The troops and vehicles involved are mainly from the US Army 3rd Squadron, 2nd Cavalry regiment, and had participated in the 'Operation Atlantic Resolve' drills throughout eastern Europe earlier this year. On their way to Vilseck the troops will receive aerial reconnaissance support by the 12th Combat Aviation Brigade.

Lithuania: US-led NATO military convoy halts in Lithuania01:02
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A convoy of NATO military vehicles on its way from Estonia to Germany arrived in the Lithuanian town of Marijampole, Tuesday as part of a 1,770-km (1,100-mile) tour through six European countries. Several Dutch CV90 Combat Vehicles and two US Stryker armoured personnel carriers were among the military hardware on show as military helicopters flew overhead.

The column of mainly US Army Strykers and HMMMWVs left Estonia on March 17 from the eastern city of Narva, just 274 metres (900 ft) from the Russian border. It is making its way through Estonia, Lithuania, Poland, Latvia, the Czech Republic and Germany, before reaching its final destination near the German town of Vilseck.

The six-country "Operation Dragoon Ride" began on Saturday morning in Tapa, Estonia and will continue to the unit's base, the 'Rose Barracks' in Vilseck where the convoy is scheduled to arrive on April 4. Some 100 British, Dutch, Lithuanian, Spanish, and Latvian soldiers accompanied the convoy, allowing locals to observe their vehicles.

The exercise is aimed at demonstrating "strength and solidarity" to the US and NATO allies in eastern Europe, according to US Army Europe spokesperson Lt. Col. Craig Childs.

The troops and vehicles involved are mainly from the US Army 3rd Squadron, 2nd Cavalry regiment, and had participated in the 'Operation Atlantic Resolve' drills throughout eastern Europe earlier this year. On their way to Vilseck the troops will receive aerial reconnaissance support by the 12th Combat Aviation Brigade.

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