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US, NATO and European Allies Mass 25,000 Troops for Massive Military Exercise on Russia’s Doorstep

Preparing for war

(Photo : US Army) Tanks and Bradley Fighting Vehicles from the U.S. Army take up defensive while participating in Exercise Saber Guardian 16 at the Romanian Land Force Combat Training Center.

The largest United States-led military exercise in Europe this year, which will see over 25,000 troops from 24 countries practicing defeating a Russian invasion, makes no apologies for its being a visible deterrent to Russian aggression.

"Exercise Saber Guardian 17" will take place this year in Hungary, Romania and Bulgaria in July. The annual exercise is part of United States European Command's Joint Exercise Program designed to enhance joint combined interoperability between Bulgarian, Romanian, Hungarian, U.S., NATO Allies and other Partnership for Peace (PfP) nations.

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The largest of the 18 Black Sea Region exercises, Saber Guardian 17 is a premier training event for U.S. Army Europe and participating nations that will build readiness and improve interoperability under a unified command, executing a full range of military missions to support the security and stability of the Black Sea Region.

NATO describes Saber Guardian 17 as "deterrence in action."

Saber Guardian has been held annually in the Black Sea region since 2013. Saber Guardian 17, however, will be "larger in both scale and scope" than previous exercises.

Saber Guardian 17 will most certainly fan tensions between Moscow and Washington by its unabashedly anti-Russian nature.

United States European Command said Saber Guardian 17 will include an array of live fire exercises; river crossings and a mass casualty exercises. It's aimed at drilling "the ability to mass forces at any given time anywhere in Europe".

The U.S. Army said the larger exercise will be preceded by several smaller events , all of which are intended to strengthen the security and stability of the Black Sea region, which is on Russia's doorstep.

Saber Guardian rotates through Bulgaria, Romania and Ukraine. Its goal is to increase the ability of European and U.S. military forces to operate together in the event of an armed conflict.

A notable aspect of Saber Guardian 17 includes the massing of U.S. Army 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division (3/4ID) from several locations across the Operation Atlantic Resolve area of operation to the exercise.

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