Around 300 French soldiers have joined NATO’s enhanced forward presence battle group in Tapa, Estonia, home of one of the largest military bases of the Estonian Defense Forces.

For the next eight months, French troops will develop interoperability with their British counterparts, including in all combat and live firing manoeuvres.

The French detachment is divided into a combined arms tactical grouping of nearly 200 soldiers and a national support element of 100 soldiers.

Fully deployed since June 2017, NATO’s enhanced forward presence consists of multinational forces provided from NATO members and other contributing Allies on a voluntary and rotational basis that is aimed at deterring further Russian aggression in Europe following Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine in February 2014.