Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson has announced. “We are increasing our British points of presence across the world,” he said.
In and around 185 British Army personnel and 60 Ministry of Defence civilians will remain in Germany. After the withdrawal the British Army units are to be completed at the UK defence minister, announced on Sunday.
“We are increasing our British points of presence across the world. We will not be closing our facilities in Germany, and instead use them to forward base the Army,” said Gavin Williamson in a statement released by the UK government.
Under 2010 UK’s Strategic Defence and Security Review the permanent deployed of UK personnel in military bases at Germany was to end by 2019 though the training was still to be undertaken.
According to the statement received on Sunday, British army personnel will be permanently based at the 45-square mile at Sennelager Training Area. That provided both UK and NATO forces with a live firing training area.
British army is maintaining the presence at the Ayrshine Barracks in Mönchengladbach where approx. 2,000 vehicles can be stored with the German Wulfen Defence Munitions Storage Facility that holds operational ammunition.
British army was Rhine and formed again after Second World War that developed with NATO after 1949. The strength was reduced to 53,000 after 1967 and the soldiers were replaced by 25,000 strong British Forces Germany in 1994. There were 5,200 British troops in Germany until 2015.
“A display of our continued commitment to NATO and our collective resolve to support European security,” the US army said in a statement.
“The US decision to increase the military presence here in Germany is a welcome sign of the vitality of transatlantic relationship and a commitment to our joint security.” German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen said last month.
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