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Storm SABINE Impacts DEFENDER-Europe

Library image of US Army prepositioned M1 Abrams tanks loaded onto railcars near Mannheim for onward transportation under DEFENDER-Europe 20, 29 January [US Army: Spc. Elliott Page]
Storm SABINE, the active extratropical cyclone designated Storm CIARA by the UK Met Office, has today impacted DEFENDER-Europe 20 operations, reports Bob Morrison.


Many US Army Europe garrison facilities across Germany have been closed to non-essential personnel due to the ongoing inclement weather, most notably excessively high gusting winds, resulting in significant impact on DEFENDER-Europe 20 (DEF20) movements currently taking place. As the DEF20 deployment is an exercise, rather than an operation, peacetime Health & Safety constraints govern activities.

Over the weekend a representative from JOINT-FORCES.com travelled to Germany for a scheduled media facility at the Coleman Barracks worksite and railhead near Mannheim today, but the closure of the garrison to non-essential personnel led to its cancellation. We had hoped to photograph both US railhead operations by 21TSC and line move convoy loading, including onto Oshkosh Heavy Equipment Transporters from 19 Tank Transporter Squadron RLC, but regrettably this was not to be.

British Army Heavy Equipment Transporters from 19 Tank Transporter Squadron RLC, which arrived in Antwerp Docks (above) last week, were today in the Mannheim area awaiting orders to move forward armoured vehicles from US Army Prepositioned Stocks [© Bob Morrison]
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