21 Apr '17, 5pm
UK-led Enhanced Forward Presence deployment in Estonia is launched
Yesterday marked the launch of the UK-led Enhanced Forward Presence deployment in Estonia, where an 800-strong British-led battle group will work with Estonian, French and Danish partners. Working under the command of Lieutenant Colonel Mark Wilson, the UK troops from 5 Rifles battle group, based in Bulford, Wiltshire and The Queen’s Royal Hussars, based in Paderborn, Germany will work with our Eastern European allies and ensure that we stand with them shoulder to shoulder in the face of any potential aggression. The UK has committed more than 300 vehicles to support Estonia during this deployment, including Warrior infantry fighting vehicles, Challenger 2 tanks, AS90 self-propelled artillery guns and Terrier, Titan and Trojan armoured battlefield engineer vehicles. Attending the flag-raising ceremony at an Estonian military base in Tapa, the Defence Secretary was joined b...