The United States has launched the largest NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) airborne drills in Europe since the end of the Cold War, named “Swift Response 15”, to enhance security and stability in the region.
As per the official sources, Nearly 5,000 soldiers from 11 NATO allies are taking part in four weeks of simultaneous multinational airborne operations across Germany, Italy, Bulgaria and Romania which had started last week and would last for almost a month.
Highlights about the Drills:
- On 26 August, NATO airplanes will drop more than 1,000 paratroopers at Hohenfels training area in
- A similar drill will also take place at the Novo Selo training area in Bulgaria, a former Soviet ally.
- More than 4,800 soldiers from Bulgaria, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Britain and the United States are participating in the exercises until 13 September.
- The drills are aimed at helping allied high-readiness forces to act as one and to demonstrate the alliance’s capacity to rapidly deploy and operate in support of maintaining a strong and secure Europe.
- NATO in fact defended the number of military exercises it has staged as a response to growing Russian aggression and denied suggestions that they were helping make war in Europe more likely.
Important Points to Remember:
- The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), also called the North Atlantic Alliance, is an intergovernmental military alliance based on the North Atlantic Treaty which was signed on 4 April, 1949.
- NATO Head Quarters: Brussels, Belgium
- Membership: 28 States
- Secretary General: Jens Stoltenberg.