Press Release - U.S. Army equipment movements in Croatia for DEFENDER-Europe 21

May 14, 2021

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WIESBADEN, Germany —

Commercial line haul vehicles carrying U.S. military vehicles and equipment from Romania, including Bradley Fighting Vehicles, will travel through Romania and Hungary before entering Croatia en route to the Main Training Area in Slunj between May 14-16, 2021. 

Contracted drivers will transport the equipment in multiple iterations/a single iteration and transit through the border between Hungary and Croatia.  These movements will occur on the weekend to lessen the impact on public traffic; however, there may be temporary disruptions to road traffic.

All movements are approved, coordinated, and supported by all applicable local and national authorities. At the conclusion of the exercise, the equipment and personnel will return to Romania.

U.S. Soldiers will employ the equipment as part of exercise Immediate Response 21 - a reception, staging and onward movement drill linked to DEFENDER-Europe 21.  The exercise culminates in a joint, multinational live-fire demonstration called “Croatian Rampart 1991-2021” - which celebrates the 30th anniversary of the Croatian Armed Forces at the end of May. 

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