NATO begins its biggest military exercises in many years

The largest military exercise in decades, “Exercise Steadfast Defender 2024,” was launched by the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) on Wednesday. Following a series of operations, the dock landing ship USS Gunston Hall (LSD 44) will begin her transatlantic voyage, according to a statement from NATO. It also stated that “later this month, His Majesty’s Canadian Ship Charlottetown will depart Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada for Europe.


NATO reports that the exercises will occur in multiple sites and that related drills will continue until May 31. It will demonstrate that, under any circumstances, NATO is capable of carrying out and maintaining sophisticated multi-domain operations over several months and thousands of kilometers, from the High North to Central and Eastern Europe.


According to Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Grushko, the scope of the exercises signifies the bloc’s “irrevocable return” to Cold War plans, RIA news agency said on Sunday. The drills, which will involve over 90,000 soldiers from NATO’s 31 countries as well as Sweden, were announced last Thursday by Christopher Cavoli, the organization’s Supreme Allied Commander for Europe.


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