Report: NATO Allies Will Create A New Rapid Reaction Force
A 10,000 strong division-sized joint expeditionary force will be formed by Seven NATO members, with Britain leading the way.
The countries that will forge the new fighting force are Denmark, Latvia, Estonia, Lithuania, Norway, the Netherlands and possibly Canada.
The force will be modeled after a U.S. Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) but on a larger scale. Meaning this force will include armor, landing craft, ships, helicopters, and air assets. It will also possess the necessary equipment for continuous fighting for 30 straight days.
The target goal is to have enough assets and equipment to stop an incursion into a NATO members territory by responding within 2–3 days. With the ability to mount air and amphibious assaults. The rapid reaction force will also participate in many upcoming exercises to increase interoperability between national forces.
Video by Cpl. Matthew Manning | III Marine Expeditionary Force / Marine Corps Installations Pacific
The new force was created in response to Russia’s aggressive behavior regarding Ukraine and Georgia and may deter further acts of aggression in the near future.