Russian Troops Mass Near Ukraine, So The U.S. Military Lands An Army Brigade In Albania
"The Defender Europe exercise is going to conclude in June,” Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said, “but not before demonstrating joint-force readiness, lethality and interoperability, reinforcing the U.S. commitment to our allies and partners and providing an outstanding opportunity to highlight the superb job our men and women are doing every day and in the region—the Balkan and Black Sea regions in particular, and throughout Europe and the Africa area of operations."
No treaty guarantees the Atlantic alliance would mobilize to defend Ukraine against a direct attack. But it’s a safe bet that a Russian attack anywhere along NATO’s eastern flank would provoke a powerful NATO response.
At Durres, ’s crew and Army transportation troops simulated unloading in wartime conditions. Imagining that enemy attacks had damaged port facilities, the Americans built a temporary floating pier and transferred vehicles from to Army landing craft and other vessels, which hauled them to shore.
“A secure port is never guaranteed, so crews must practice an alternative method of offloading,” explained U.S. Navy captain James Hilton, a Pentagon representative in Albania.
Once the equipment is ashore, soldiers flying in from Florida will fall in on it and spread out across southern and eastern Europe, where they will meet up with troops from other NATO countries for live-fire war games and other training.