Eight UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters along with more than 70 other pieces of equipment arrived at the Thessaloniki Port on February 25 as part of the 10th Combat Aviation Brigade (CAB) nine month rotational deployment in support of Operation Atlantic Resolve. U.S. Army Europe’s preparation for an increased presence across Europe contributes to and strengthens the alliance’s deterrence and defense. Senior Greek and American officials stressed the importance of the personnel and equipment’s arrival during a stop at the port.
“This is a great opportunity for interactions between Greek and American soldiers in order to develop capacity, share lessons, and hone expertise,” said U.S. Ambassador to Greece Geoffrey Pyatt, who visited the port to observe and talk with U.S. Army and Greek military leaders and soldiers.
Through Operation Atlantic Resolve, U.S. military units are working with NATO allies and partners in Poland, the Baltic states, Bulgaria, Romania and Germany for rotational deployments focusing on training, exercises and maintenance.
This operation is the first time in recent years that the U.S. Army has used the port of Thessaloniki.
“This is great opportunity to enhance our cooperation,” noted Lt. Gen. Alkiviadis Stefanis, Hellenic Army Chief of Staff. “The Greek position offers stability, and we also offer the Alliance, and the professionalism of our Soldiers. We are very proud to have you here and we are looking forward to enhancing our cooperation.”