US Army To Resume Large-Scale Exercises In Europe Despite COVID-19 Pandemic
Thousands of American troops in June for the first time since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic will be involved in major exercises in the European theater of operations, the US Army Command in Europe said on Wednesday.
All precautions in connection with COVID-19 will be observed to protect the health of the military participating in these exercises, the report said.
The Allied Spirit maneuvers, which will also take place in Poland with the participation of thousands of Polish military personnel, are a scaled-down version of the Defender Europe-2020 exercise, which was supposed to be the largest in Europe since the end of the cold war but was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The American command reported that the Allied Spirit exercise will take place from June 5 to 19 at the Dravsko-Pomorsk training ground in northwestern Poland. They will take about six thousand Americans and two thousand Polish troops.
In March, the Pentagon ordered the withdrawal of troops to Europe to participate in the Defender Europe-2020 exercise due to the coronavirus pandemic. It was decided to note all the components of the exercise, including the operations for the air landing of American troops in Georgia and the Baltic States.
It was planned that 20 thousand American servicemen, who were supposed to be transferred from the United States to Europe, would take part in the Defender Europe-2020 exercise.
The United States army managed to send about six thousand troops to Europe when the Pentagon decided to suspend the exercise. At that time, up to 90% of all military equipment that was supposed to be transferred to the region was already loaded on ships and planes.