US forces to seek Baltic storage depots

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They may not be quite the additional "permanent bases" for NATO forces that some in the Baltic states have been demanding, but the Unites States is looking to up its presence in the region with new storage facilities for arms and equipment including heavy weaponry, the US Army's official newspaper Stars and Stripes reported on January 25.

A specialist survey team will soon scout locations for the possible storage depots in all three Baltic countries as well as Poland, Romania and Bulgaria, Lieutenant General Ben Hodges told Stars and Stripes.

“Maybe it’s a company, maybe it’s a whole battalion, we don’t know yet until we do the survey,” Hodges said.

US troops are currently stationed in the Baltics on training missions with regular rotations of the regiments involved.

Permanent storage facilities might simplify the logistical challenges of such a system as well as increasing the readiness of the countries involved to respond to any external threat.

“We really want to put some in southeastern Europe, some in the Baltics, some in Poland. Those countries want them bad — for an obvious reason, they’re a deterrent aspect,” Hodges said.

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