Troops from D Coy 5 RIFLES ‘The Dogs’ deployed on a NATO mission in Estonia are “ready to deter and ready to fight”.
5 RIFLES is a Regular Infantry Battalion based in Bulford Camp, Wiltshire. The battalion consists of around 600 Riflemen who deploy from their base location on training and operations worldwide.
“The Battalion is an Armoured Infantry Battalion that is part of 20 Armoured Brigade, within 3rd (UK) Division – ‘The Iron Division” that is the only division at continual operational readiness in the UK.”
In 2017, 5 RIFLES provided the lead element for the UK’s first ever Enhanced Forward Presence in Estonia.
Absolutely thrilled that D Coy 5 RIFLES ‘The Dogs’ have joined us in Estonia following the departure of @forsvaretdk’s Vidar Company. The Dogs’ first task: zeroing weapons, ready to deter and ready to fight. @ComdUKeFP @RiflesRegiment @TheIronFist #WeAreNATO pic.twitter.com/rgBMPTCRUc
— CO 5 RIFLES (@CO_5RIFLES) January 17, 2021
British forces routinely operate in the region, only recently Royal Air Force RC-135 and Sentinel surveillance aircraft were observed operating over the Baltic nations near the Russian border.
In addition, a detachment of German Air Force Eurofighters recently arrived in Lithuania to undertake combined Quick Reaction Alert training alongside the RAF Typhoon fast jets already deployed there, say the Royal Air Force.
In 2019, Robert Clark explored ‘British defence in the Baltics’ and looked at the UK commitment to the region.
You can read more about British involvement in the region by visiting the link above.