We are deploying elements of the #NATO Response Force.
Here are 5️⃣ things you should know about the highly ready, multinational force pic.twitter.com/abdWkNAtqg
— NATO (@NATO) February 25, 2022
- NATO Response Force Activated for First Time Ever
by RYAN MORGAN, https://americanmilitarynews.com/
The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) activated its response force for the first time ever on Friday. The response force is being activated as part of larger deterrence efforts along the alliance’s eastern front, amid a Russian invasion of neighboring Ukraine.
“We are deploying elements of the #NATO Response Force,” NATO’s Twitter account announced Friday.
“This is a historic moment and the very first time the Alliance has employed these high readiness forces in a deterrence and defense role. They represent a flexible, combat credible force that can be employed in multiple ways and we are utilizing fully their inherent agility,” NATO Supreme Allied Commander Gen. Tod Wolters said in a statement shared with CNN. “These deterrence measures are prudent and enhance our speed, responsiveness and capability to shield and protect the one billion citizens we swore to protect.”
The full NATO response force consists of about 40,000 troops. It was not immediately clear how many of those troops would be called up in the initial mobilization on Friday.