US troops and equipment arrived in Gdansk, Poland on Wednesday as a part of the first full rotation to maintain a US armored brigade in Europe, 21st Theater Sustainment Command commanding general Steven Shapiro said.
"A lot of coordination went into today’s event," Shapiro said in a press conference on Wednesday. "We chose Gdansk, because of the location inside of Poland, but also, because we’d like to use a variety of ports."
The vehicles that arrived in Poland include 87 M1 Abrams tanks, 103 Bradley Fighting Vehicles, 18 Paladin self-propelled Howitzers, along with other trucks and equipment, according to the Defense Department.
Second Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, from Fort Riley, Kansas will replace 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division.
Operation Atlantic Resolve was launched to boost NATO's military presence in Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia and Poland following the eruption of the Ukrainian crisis in 2014 with the Western countries using alleged Russian interference in Ukrainian affairs as a pretext.