US tanks arrive in Germany to help Nato defences

REPORTED BY KALAHAN DENGUS Tanks at the docks in Bremerhaven, northern Germany (6 January 2016)

The largest shipment of US brigades since the fall of the Soviet Union is arriving in northern Germany.U.S. Tanks were unloaded in Bremerhaven, northern Germany, Friday Jan. 6, 2017

The first of the 87 tanks and 144 military vehicles were being unloaded in the port of Bremerhaven on Friday.

The equipment and 3,500 US troops are to be deployed along Nato’s eastern frontier. The deployment aims to allay worries of potential Russian aggression in eastern Europe.

However, some fear the large number will exacerbate tensions with Moscow.A US soldier walks in front of US Army tanks and the cargo vessel

Leaders of the left-wing regional government of Brandenburg – one of the German states through which the American brigades will be transported over the next two weeks – have called for further talks with Russia.US Military vehicles are unloaded from a carrier ship in the harbour in Bremerhaven

The arrival of the equipment and troops marks the start of a new phase of the US’s Operation Atlantic Resolve, which foresees the continuous presence of an American armoured brigade combat team in Europe on a nine-month rotational basis.US Military vehicles are unloaded from a transport ship in the harbour in Bremerhaven

The new forces will gather first in Poland, then fan out across seven countries from Estonia to Bulgaria, while a headquarters unit will be stationed in Germany.