British Army military vehicles arrive in Belgium, signifying the start of US-led multinational exercise DEFENDER-Europe 20.
Exercise DEFENDER-Europe 20 is a US-led multinational exercise, including NATO’s participation. It will see the largest deployment of US-based forces to Europe in the last 25 years, with 20,000 soldiers deploying directly from the United States to Europe. It demonstrates US commitment to NATO and its resolve to stand by its European Allies and partners.
(00:00) DRONE SHOT – BRITISH CARGO SHIP MV EDDYSTONE DOCKED IN ANTWERP PORT
(00:12) CLOSE SHOT – BRITISH ARMY MILITARY POLICE VEHICLE DISEMBARKING CARGO SHIP MV EDDYSTONE
(00:19) CLOSE SHOT – BRITISH ARMY PERSONNEL WEARING HIGH VISIBILITY JACKET AND GUIDING VEHICLES OFF CARGO SHIP MV EDDYSTONE
(00:22) VARIOUS SHOTS – BRITISH ARMY HET (HEAVY EQUIPMENT TRANSPORTER) VEHICLE ARRIVING IN ANTWERP
(00:56) SOUNDBITE (ENGLISH) – Col. Paul Haccuria, Military Commander of Antwerp
“We are receiving the first British ship in the framework of the DEFENDER-Europe 20 exercise. This is a large-scale deployment exercise under the lead of the US Army, in the framework of the collective defence of NATO. In this exercise there are 18 nations participating and during this exercise they will test their readiness and their interoperability in the frame of a large-scale land operation.
This is the start for Belgium of this operation that will last until half of May, when all the troops will be deployed into Germany and Poland.
Well, it is one way to show that we are reliable and loyal partners within the NATO framework, so we really want to make this into a success.”
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