UK to send 20,000 troops to largest Nato exercise since the cold war

The UK will send 20,000 service personnel to one of Nato’s largest military exercises since the cold war, PA media reports.

Jan 15, 2024 - 14:02
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UK to send 20,000 troops to largest Nato exercise since the cold war

UK to send 20,000 troops to largest Nato exercise since the cold war

The UK will send 20,000 service personnel to one of Nato’s largest military exercises since the cold war, PA media reports.

The UK’s defence secretary, Grant Shapps, will announce the deployment of army, navy and RAF members to the 31-nation drill across Europe during a speech in London on Monday.

 

About 16,000 troops with tanks, artillery and helicopters will be deployed from the British army across eastern Europe starting next month as part of the exercise.

The Royal Navy will deploy more than 2,000 sailors across eight warships and submarines, while more than 400 Royal Marines commandos will be sent to the Arctic Circle.

The RAF will use F-35B Lightning attack aircraft and Poseidon P-8 surveillance aircraft.

It comes after ministers announced a further £2.5bn support package to Ukraine and the RAF airstrikes, with the US, on the Houthis in Yemen.

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