With Activation of NATO Response Pressure, U.S. Navy Able to Present Forces > U.S. Division of Protection > Protection Division News

In response to the Russian invasion of Ukraine, NATO Secretary Basic Jens Stoltenberg right this moment introduced activation of the alliance’s protection plans, which suggests additionally that it might probably deploy the NATO Protection Pressure. The U.S. Protection Division now stands prepared to supply capabilities to assist fill that protection drive, if requested to take action, stated Pentagon Press Secretary John F. Kirby. 

“There is a historic nature to all this,” Kirby informed reporters throughout a briefing on the Pentagon right this moment. “That is the primary time that the alliance has employed these excessive readiness forces in a deterrence and protection function. So it isn’t an insignificant transfer by the alliance.” 

The activation serves as a discover to NATO nations that they might be referred to as upon to supply army help to the NATO mission, Kirby stated. This additionally means the US could also be referred to as upon to supply each personnel and gear to help the NATO mission — and that is one thing the U.S. and the division has been getting ready to do for fairly a while. 

Kirby stated what sorts of help NATO might request from the US, or different alliance nations, is unknown presently, as is what particular U.S. army items might find yourself being assigned to what roles. 

Nonetheless, Kirby stated, the U.S. has put as many as 12,000 service members on “put together to deploy orders” so they are going to be prepared if referred to as upon to take part within the NATO Response Pressure. A few of these U.S. personnel can also be referred to as upon to take part in any unilateral actions the U.S. might undertake. 

“The division has positioned a variety of multi-mission items in the US and Europe on a heightened preparedness to deploy, which will increase our readiness to supply for the U.S. contributions to the NRF on a shorter tether than what we might do earlier than,” Kirby stated. “We stand prepared if referred to as upon by NATO to help the NRF within the protection of the alliance, and can completely try this.” 

Whereas President Biden has stated U.S. troops is not going to enter Ukraine to take part instantly within the combat towards Russia, U.S. forces might finally be referred to as upon to take part in NATO-led missions as a part of the NATO Response Pressure to bolster the protection of alliance associate nations ought to they ask for help. 

“We’ll do the whole lot that we have to do to defend our nation, and because the President has stated, we will do what we have to do to defend each inch of NATO territory — and we take these obligations significantly,” Kirby stated. 

On the identical time, Kirby stated, the U.S. continues to supply safety help to Ukraine to assist that nation defend itself towards an illegal invasion by Russia. 

“We’re persevering with to search for methods to help Ukraine to defend themselves,” Kirby stated. “We’ve continued to try this and we will look to try this going ahead. And we’re very actively engaged in these efforts, to assist them higher defend themselves by means of each deadly and non-lethal help.”

Supply hyperlink