Deployments Bolster U.S. Presence in Western Pacific, Europe


Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook announced operational deployments that will boost U.S. presence in the western Pacific and in Europe.

The aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson cruises on the Pacific Ocean, Oct. 31, 2016. Navy photo by Kenneth J. Blair
The aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson cruises on the Pacific Ocean, Oct. 31, 2016. Navy photo by Kenneth J. Blair
The aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson cruises on the Pacific Ocean, Oct. 31, 2016. Navy photo by Kenneth J. Blair
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The aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson cruises on the Pacific Ocean, Oct. 31, 2016. Navy photo by Kenneth J. Blair
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“Ships and units from the Carl Vinson strike group will depart San Diego for a regularly scheduled deployment to the western Pacific,” Cook told Pentagon reporters today.

Approximately 7,500 sailors will deploy and focus on maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and bilateral exercises, he said.

Armored Brigade Combat Team Headed to Europe

Separately, Cook said, the United States is demonstrating its continued commitment to collective security through a series of actions designed to reassure NATO allies and partners of America’s dedication to enduring peace and stability in the region in light of Russia’s intervention in Ukraine.

“Tanks, trucks and other equipment are scheduled to arrive in Europe this weekend, beginning a nine-month rotation of U.S. Army forces supporting Operation Atlantic Resolve,” the press secretary said.

M1A2 Abrams tanks and other military vehicles belonging to the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division disembark from the ship ARC Resolve at the port in Bremerhaven, Germany, Jan. 6, 2017. The team’s arrival marks the start of back-to-back rotations of armored brigades in Europe as part of Operation Atlantic Resolve. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Micah VanDyke
M1A2 Abrams tanks and other military vehicles belonging to the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division disembark from the ship ARC Resolve at the port in Bremerhaven, Germany, Jan. 6, 2017. The team’s arrival marks the start of back-to-back rotations of armored brigades in Europe as part of Operation Atlantic Resolve. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Micah VanDyke
M1A2 Abrams tanks and other military vehicles belonging to the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division disembark from the ship ARC Resolve at the port in Bremerhaven, Germany, Jan. 6, 2017. The team’s arrival marks the start of back-to-back rotations of armored brigades in Europe as part of Operation Atlantic Resolve. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Micah VanDyke
Bremerhaven Arrival
M1A2 Abrams tanks and other military vehicles belonging to the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division disembark from the ship ARC Resolve at the port in Bremerhaven, Germany, Jan. 6, 2017. The team’s arrival marks the start of back-to-back rotations of armored brigades in Europe as part of Operation Atlantic Resolve. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Micah VanDyke
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The arrival of troops and equipment from 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, out of Fort Carson, Colorado, marks the beginning of the presence of an ABCT and back-to-back rotations of U.S. troops and equipment in Europe, he added.

After the equipment arrives at Bremerhaven, Germany, it will move by rail, commercial line haul and military convoy to Poland, Cook said. Troops and equipment will later be relocated throughout the region for training and exercises with European allies.

“This effort is part of our European Reassurance Initiative to maintain persistent, rotational presence of air, land, and sea forces in Central and Eastern Europe,” he said.

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