France deploys 300-strong army detachment in Estonia

NATO – French army’s ninth commitment in the framework of the eFP – Communiqué issued by the Ministry for the Armed Forces

Paris, 26 March 2021

Every year, in the framework of the enhanced Forward Presence (eFP) established by NATO in the Baltic countries and in Poland, France deploys a military contingent alternately in Estonia, within a battle group from the UK (framework nation), and Lithuania, within a battle group from Germany (framework nation).

On Thursday 25 March 2021, in the Tapa military camp in Estonia, the transfer of authority in the British battle group took place between the 5 RIFLES and the 1 MERCIAN, making the French army’s ninth commitment in the eFP official.

The 300-strong army detachment to be deployed until March 2022 includes:

- an integrated unit with a Senior National Representative (SNR), Colonel Bruno Démésy;

- a mostly armoured combined arms tactical sub-group (SGTIA) composed of two platoons of Leclerc tanks, one reconnaissance platoon, one infantry combat section, one combat engineers section, and one observation and fire coordination team.

- a national support unit (ESN), composed of a logistical detachment, a provost detachment and a counter-intelligence detachment.

This multinational commitment is also an excellent opportunity to enhance our forces’ interoperability with those of the eFP framework nation in Estonia (United Kingdom), the host nation and all the other contributing nations. It also helps keep our military personnel and equipment in operational condition./.

Published on 30/03/2021

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