By Air. By Road. By Sea. By Rail.

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In October 2019, the Army will mobilise across Europe by road, rail, sea and air to complete a routine fleet rotation of vehicles deployed as part of Operation Cabrit – the UK’s enhanced Forward Presence (eFP) in Estonia as part of NATO.

Soldiers from the Queen’s Royal Hussars (QRH) are due to take over from the King’s Royal Hussars (KRH). The Army currently has Challenger II main battle tanks in Estonia, alongside armoured vehicles and artillery which require rotating. 

The complicated movement of soldiers, vehicles and equipment across Europe is known as TRACTABLE. It will demonstrate our enduring commitment to collective defence and will reinforce our capacity to work with our NATO allies, bolstering our presence in the Baltic states.

Baltic Deployment


TRACTABLE builds on recent UK deployments that have strengthened the ability to work seamlessly with our partners and by doing so helped to reinforce the common values we defend together shoulder to shoulder. The British Army often deploys along with other international organisations, combined formations, coalitions and partnerships in Europe. 

Our presence in Estonia, alongside our troop contribution to the US-led Battlegroup in Poland, is providing stability and reassurance across the region.

The Army’s fundamental purpose is to protect the nation and deployments such as this, ensures we are always ready and able to do so. The Army is always ready to meet every challenge and can deploy rapidly, worldwide and working with our NATO partners, help bolster European and UK stability and security.

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