NATO Response Force activated for first time

In response to Russia's invasion of Ukraine, the Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe are deploying the NATO Response Force for the first time.
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Photo courtesy Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE) Facebook.

BELGIUM — In response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe are employing elements of the NATO Response Force which has been approved by the North Atlantic Council.

This is the first time that the Alliance has employed this force in a deterrence and defense role according to a release from SHAPE.

The response force represents a flexible, combat-credible group that can be employed and utilized in multiple ways with the primary focus to shield and protect the citizens of Europe.

These Allied military forces will posture and exercise to increase readiness and interoperability while NATO establishes its defenses on the Alliance’s eastern flank.

These forces will join Canada and the United States’ recent deployment of 7,460 troops, including an armored brigade combat team, artillery units, a naval frigate, and surveillance aircraft, to support the Alliance-wide effort.

“The Alliance remains steadfast in our collective commitment to shield and protect each other,” said General Tod D. Wolters, Supreme Allied Commander Europe. “Moving forward, we are prepared to leverage the strength of all our forces to defend the Alliance.”

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