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Turkish VJTF convoy of BMC Vuran MRAPs travelling through Romania [©Romanian MoND]

NATO’s VJTF quick reaction forces, led by Turkey this year, arrive in Romania to take part in a NATO exercise testing readiness and military mobility.


NATO’s quick reaction forces arrived in Romania earlier this week to take part in Exercise STEADFAST DEFENDER 2021. The Very High Readiness Joint Task Force (VJTF) is led by Turkey this year. A convoy of Turkish troops crossed the border from Bulgaria into Romania on 11 May.

STEADFAST DEFENDER 2021 is a NATO-led exercise involving over 9,000 troops from more than 20 NATO Allies and partners. The objective is to ensure that NATO forces are trained, able to operate together and ready to respond to any threat from any direction. NATO is taking the necessary measures to protect our armed forces. This includes COVID-19 precautions, such as pre-deployment testing and quarantining.

Footage ©Romanian MoND

This footage, courtesy of the Romanian Ministry of National Defence, includes various shots of the convoy at a border crossing and drone shots of armoured vehicles driving along roads. It also includes soundbites from Brigadier General Dan Cristian, Commander of the Headquarters Multinational Division South-East.

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