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Military Times: US Sends Tanks, Cannons to Bulgaria

Military Times: US Sends Tanks, Cannons to Bulgaria
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By    |   Monday, 17 August 2015 03:06 PM

In what could be seen as a Cold War-like move, the United States military has shipped more than a dozen pieces of heavy equipment to bolster a Marine Corps unit based in Bulgaria to further defend against Russian aggression.

According to the Military Times, four Abrams main battle tanks, three howitzer artillery cannons, and six light armored reconnaissance vehicles were sent to the Combined Arms Company over the weekend. The company is a new Marine unit stationed in Bulgaria consisting of more than 160 soldiers.

The Times reports the equipment was shipped from North Carolina to Germany, and then was transported via train on an 1,100-mile journey to the Novo Selo Training Area in Bulgaria.

The Marines' deployment to Bulgaria was publicly revealed in June. It involves soldiers serving in six-month shifts.

The military's move to shore up its defenses in eastern Europe comes in the wake of Russia's aggressive actions in the region, including its takeover of the Ukrainian peninsula Crimea last year. Crimea sits in a strategically placed position, jutting into the Black Sea.

The Marine Corps deployment in Bulgaria will see the U.S. soldiers training with their counterparts from Bulgaria and Romania. In the future, soldiers from Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, and the Republic of Georgia could also join the group, reports the Military Times.

"The transportation of a Marine Corps combined arms capability in the Black Sea region has fostered improved communication and coordination with the allied force and its partners," Lt. Col. John Sattely, director of logistics for U.S. Marine Corps Forces Europe and Africa, said in a press release. 

"The result of this collaboration and coordination is that the various agencies and organizations involved are familiar with each other now rather than learning about one another after a crisis happens."

In recent months, Russia has displayed its military might through tactics that bring back memories of the Cold War. In April, for example, a U.S. reconnaissance plane flying in international airspace over the Baltic Sea was intercepted by a Russian fighter jet.

In June, Russian warplanes buzzed a U.S. Destroyer in the Black Sea. And on July Fourth, four Russian bombers and a refueling plane breached a 200-mile Air Defense Identification Zone near Alaska, and later flew within 39 miles of the northern California coast.

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In what could be seen as a Cold War-like move, the United States military has shipped more than a dozen pieces of heavy equipment to bolster a Marine Corps unit based in Bulgaria to further defend against Russian aggression.
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