Cold War 2.0
Ships began unloading the cargo in the northern port of Bremerhaven on Friday, marking the start of the deployment of a third US combat brigade in Europe. From Germany, the hundreds of trucks and tanks will be transported by rail and road to eastern Europe.
Over the next two weeks, some 4,000 soldiers will join up with the equipment in Poland before spreading out across seven NATO allies - from Estonia to Bulgaria. A headquarters unit will be stationed in Germany to organize logistics.
The deployment is part of Operation Atlantic Resolve, a plan the US government announced in October in response to concerns from Latvia, Lithuania, Poland and other countries after Russia's annexation of Crimea in 2014.
"The best way to maintain the peace is through preparation," Major General Timothy McGuire told reporters when asked if the move aimed to send a message to Russia. "This is just showing the strength and cohesion of the alliance and the US commitment to maintain the peace on the continent," he added.