US military equipment sent to Poland via the Netherlands
Almost 1,300 vehicles and other military equipment will be traveling from the port of Vlissingen, in the southwestern Netherlands to Poland and Lithuania. The first batch of cargo was delivered on Monday, 9 January at the Verbrugge Terminals in the Dutch port and deliveries will be coming through until February.
According to the Koninklijke Landmacht, the land branch of the Dutch Royal Armed Forces, the equipment will now travel by road, rail, and water. The cargo, coming from the US, includes M-1 Abrams tanks and Bradley Fighting Vehicles belonging to the American 2nd Brigade of the 1st Cavalry Division, Armored Brigade Combat Team from Fort Hood, Texas.
The brigade is being moved to Poland and Lithuania for six months and will relieve another US brigade. This action is part of the reinforced military presence on the eastern flank of NATO territory. The Koninklijke Landmacht pointed out that the transshipment area has been designated as a Temporary Military Object and will therefore be guarded day and night by soldiers of the Dutch National Reserve Corps (Natres).
In this video, originally published by the Koninklijke Landmacht on LinkedIn, it is possible to see the unloading process at the port of Vlissingen.