US tanks, combat vehicles and other military equipment have arrived in the Polish city of Gdansk as part of Operation Atlantic Resolve, a NATO exercise aimed at boosting the alliance’s military presence in Eastern Europe.

The equipment arrived to the port city on Wednesday, from the 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division.

It was deployed as part of Operation Atlantic Resolve, which is aimed at boosting NATO’s military presence in Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Bulgaria and Hungary.

The operation was launched in April 2014 following the reunification of the Crimean Republic with Russia following a referendum, which the US and other Western countries refer to as an “annexation.”

Washington sees the operation as a demonstration of US commitment to Europe’s security amid so-called Russian aggression in the region.

“Atlantic Resolve demonstrates the US commitment to the security of NATO allies on air, land and at sea. To ensure its own security, NATO must have strong, committed and capable allies, which is why the United States has fought, exercised and trained with our European allies for the past 70 years,” a statement on US Army Europe’s website reads. 

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