Enhanced Forward Presence (eFP)

The 2016 NATO Summit in Warsaw set the conditions for the establishment of an enhanced Forward Presence (EFP) in Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland to strengthen Euro-Atlantic security.

Enhanced Forward Presence


Enhanced Forward Presence

UK Armed Forces have a leading role in NATO’s Enhanced Forward Presence (EFP), with British troops leading a multinational Battlegroup in Estonia from 2017.

The EFP in the Baltic States is a deployment of robust, multinational, combat-ready forces to Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland, on a persistent, rotational basis.

This movement is part wider initiatives designed to enhance Euro-Atlantic security, reassure our Allies and deter our adversaries.

About 800 British personnel will rotate on a continuous basis alongside Danish, French, and host nation Estonian forces, with The Royal Welsh currently providing the bulk of the combat capable infantry force.

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Light Cavalry Squadron

A Light Cavalry Squadron, of approximately 150 personnel, deployed to Poland, and is under the command of 2 US Cavalry Regiment. Additional units include elements from Royal Military Police, Intelligence Corps, Royal Signals and Royal Electrical Mechanical Engineers.

EFP is just one aspect of a wide range of UK support to NATO. From January 2017, the UK assumed responsibility for NATO’s Very High Readiness Joint Task Force contributing about 3,000 personnel, leading a structured group of 14 partner nations.

Challenger 2 Tank

331 Challenger 2 main battle tanks currently in active service

Combat vehicles


388 Warrior infantry fighting vehicles currently in active service

Combat vehicles

Jackal 2

Rapid Jackal 2 is a high mobility weapons platform, with a unique air-bag suspension system allowing rapid movement across varying terrain

Reconnaissance vehicles