The British Army’s King’s Royal Hussars (KRH) have taken charge of Nato’s enhanced Forward Presence (eFP) Battlegroup in Estonia as part of the 11th rotation of forces.
The latest rotation of troops in the Baltic State since the creation of the battlegroup in 2017 saw the transfer of authority from The Royal Welsh regiment to the KRH.
An armoured tank regiment based in southern England, the KRH uses Challenger 2 main battle tanks.
On its second deployment to Estonia, the KRH is accompanied by a Danish tank squadron from the Jutland Dragoon Regiment, which uses the Danish Army’s new Leopard 2A7 tanks.
The new eFP Battlegroup features two tank squadrons, an anti-tank company, multiple launch rocket systems (MLRS) and AS90 fire support batteries, an engineer squadron, and an air defence regiment.
eFP Estonia Command Headquarters commander colonel Dai Bevan said: “As we conduct a planned rotation of forces in the eFP, we recognise the commitment and achievements of the outgoing British, Danish, and French soldiers over the last six months, and the security they provided to Estonia and the wider region.”
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“Op Cabrit is the name of the UK operational deployment to Estonia, where British troops are leading a multinational Battlegroup as part of the enhanced Forward Presence (eFP).”
According to Bevan, the new regiments of over 1,200 troops will integrate with the 1st Estonian Infantry Brigade based at Tapa, and later commence an ‘intensive exercise programme into the winter’.
They will also work along with 200 Les Loupes soldiers from the 7th Battalion de Chasseurs Alpins of the French Army.
In the initial weeks, the soldiers will train to achieve interoperability among various military forces.
The battlegroup will take part in its first key training exercise ‘Bold Hussar’ scheduled for next month.