The first batch of soldiers, close to 120 in numbers, from the 5th Battalion The Rifles landed at the Amari airbase on Friday. The British troops will set up an HQ as more are expected to come later. When asked, Defense Secretary Sir Michael Fallon explained that the move is about “standing up to Russian aggression”. He continued by adding “British troops will play a leading role in Estonia and support our US allies in Poland, as part of wider efforts to defend NATO”. They will work alongside French and Danish forces.
Estonia’s defense minister Margus Tsahkna welcomed the arrival from RAF Brize Norton, 25 miles south-west of the capital Tallinn. Around 300 UK vehicles have also left the UK this week by ferry headed for Estonia. Warrior infantry fighting vehicles, Challenger 2 tanks, and AS90 self-propelled artillery pieces are all expected to reach the country.