Peter Cook: Navy Carrier Strike, Army Brigade Combat Groups Will Head to Western Pacific, Europe Missions

Peter Cook, Pentagon press secretary, has said that approximately 7,500 sailors will depart San Diego as part of a regularly scheduled deployment to boost U.S. presence in the western Pacific, DoD News reported Thursday.

Karen Parrish writes Cook added the sailors from the USS Carl Vinson carrier strike group will head to the region to conduct maritime security operations, bilateral exercises and theater security cooperation efforts.

The report said that the U.S. will also implement a series of actions to reflect the country’s commitment to collective security and help NATO allies maintain peace and stability.

“Tanks, trucks and other equipment are scheduled to arrive in Europe this weekend, beginning a nine-month rotation of U.S. Army forces supporting Operation Atlantic Resolve,” said Cook.

“This effort is part of our European Reassurance Initiative to maintain persistent, rotational presence of air, land, and sea forces in Central and Eastern Europe.”

He noted that troops and equipment from the 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division will be relocated throughout Europe for training and exercises with allies in the region.

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