"The jumps were carried out by two platoons of paratroopers consisting of 90 people, who landed in a field near Kalme village," the defense forces said.
Last month, US tanks and equipment arrived in Estonia to take part in international military exercises.
First time US Army tanks fire in Lithuania? April 9, Operation #AtlanticResolve: http://t.co/BRwP1k3sNd #AlliedStrong pic.twitter.com/7ECkLk78RG— US Mission to NATO (@USNATO) April 10, 2015
The presence of US soldiers in the Baltic nation is part of operation Atlantic Resolve, a demonstration of US commitment to NATO members across Eastern Europe through international training and security cooperation.
Training to destroy some "tanks"--US A-10 Warthogs particpate in Operation #AtlanticResolve in Romania. pic.twitter.com/Xkjnp7i09l— US Mission to NATO (@USNATO) April 9, 2015
NATO subsequently boosted its military presence in Eastern Europe close to Russia's borders. Moscow has repeatedly stressed that NATO expansion toward Russian borders could further aggravate existing tensions and undermine regional security.
Romania — #Warthogs have arrived | A-10s deploy to Romania for Operation Atlantic Resolve: http://t.co/eBJvDudqRN pic.twitter.com/Upwv4HwNmB— US Mission to NATO (@USNATO) April 4, 2015