US and Nato allies conduct combined aerial-ground exercise in Estonia


The US Army and Nato allies have participated in a combined aerial-ground exercise near Jagala in Estonia.

The exercise witnessed participation from US Army soldiers of the 3rd General Support Aviation Battalion, 10th Aviation Regiment, 10th Combat Aviation Brigade (CAB), 10th Mountain Division and the 175th Wing, Maryland Air National Guard.

The US soldiers were trained alongside British and Estonian soldiers as part of the exercise, which also featured CH-47 Chinooks and UH-60L Black Hawks.

Participating troops successfully landed A-10 Thunderbolt II ‘Warthog’ planes in a civilian area during the exercise, which was assessed by a maintenance crew, according to the US Army.

"This exercise comes a week after Vice President Mike Pence visited Estonia and spoke about how Enhanced Forward Presence is the embodiment of Nato in many respects."

British Army Enhanced Forward Presence Battle Group commander lieutenant colonel Andrew Ridland said: "This exercise comes a week after Vice President Mike Pence visited Estonia and spoke about how Enhanced Forward Presence is the embodiment of Nato in many respects.

“What we've got today is my soldiers working with American helicopters and planes demonstrating operations with our allies.”

The 3-10 CAB is currently in Estonia as a part of Operation Atlantic Resolve, a Nato mission involving the US and European allies and partners in a combined effort to strengthen bonds of friendship and deter aggression, the US Army stated.


Image: An A-10 Thunderbolt II ‘Warthog’ aircraft lands on a stretch of highway during an exercise near Jagala, Estonia. Photo: courtesy of Army photo by Pfc. Nicholas Vidro.