US Army helicopters prepare for next Atlantic Resolve mission
U.S. Army Black Hawk, Apache and Chinook helicopters from Fort Stewart, Georgia, arrived on October 15th, 2019 at the port facilities of Zeebrugge, Belgium, by ship to take over the Atlantic Resolve mission. This was the third time the port of Zeebrugge in Belgium was chosen by the US Army for aviation rotations. Based at Hunter Army Airfield, Georgia the soldiers brought 10 CH-47 Chinook transport helicopters, 50 UH-60 and HH-60 Black Hawks and 20 AH-64 Apache attack helicopters by ship to Europe. At the Port of Zeebrugge, the helicopters are prepared for flying, after which they are deployed to various places in Europe. In addition to helicopters, more than 1,700 soldiers and more than 2,000 vehicles were brought to Europe for the next Atlantic Resolve mission. As part of Atlantic Resolve, U.S. based units deploy to Europe for nine month heel-to-toe rotations. Rotational units conduct bilateral, joint and multinational training events across 17 countries in the Atlantic Resolve area of operations.
Since April 2014, U.S. Army Europe has led the Department of Defense’s Atlantic Resolve land efforts by bringing units based in the U.S. to Europe for nine months at a time. Atlantic Resolve provides these rotational units with the ability to build readiness, increase interoperability and enhances the bond between ally and partner militaries through multinational training events. There are three types of Atlantic Resolve rotations – armored, aviation and sustainment task force. These rotations are overseen by the 1st Infantry Division (Forward), a regionally aligned headquarters based in Poznan, Poland. There are approximately 6,000 Soldiers participating in Atlantic Resolve at any given time, conducting operations and exercises across 17 countries. These deployments of ready, combat-credible U.S. forces to Europe in support of Atlantic Resolve is evidence of the strong and unremitting U.S. commitment to NATO and Europe.
Text & photos: Kris Christiaens & US Army
Location: Port of Zeebrugge, Belgium
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