At Serrai, Northern Greece, soldiers from several NATO countries took part in a parade through the town to mark the and of a ten-day exercise in the area.
At Serrai, Northern Greece, soldiers from several NATO countries took part in a parade through the town to mark the and of a ten-day exercise in the area. The troops in the parade were representative groups from the national contingents which make up Allied Command Europe Mobile Force, formed in 1960 with the task of protecting the flanks of the NATO alliance.
Troops from sever nations make up the force, which has headquarters at Seckenheim, West Germany, and join together in periodic exercises in the NATO "flank" countries, ranging from Norway to Turkey 5,000 troops took part in the Northern Greek exercise.
SYNOPSIS: At Serrai, in northern Greece, NATO troops went on parade this week at the end of a ten-day exercise designed to test their ability to protect the flanks of the Atlantic alliance. The Greek Regent, General George Zoitakis, took the salute.
Troops from British guards regiment headed the parade with flags of the NATO countries decorating their Ferret scout cars. Representative groups from the various national contingents taking part in the exercise gave the local crowd an impressive display of mobile armour.
Helicopter units of several NATO nations also took part in the ???. The exercise in northern Greece use part of the periodic training of the Mobile Force of Allied Command Europe. This force, drawn from seven countries, was set up in 1960 with the specific task of protecting the flanks of the Atlantic alliance.
The Mobile Force has its headquarters at Seckenheim in West Germany, and is currently commanded by an Italian. Major General Li Gobbi. It is designed to be able to deploy at short notice wherever it may be needed, anywhere from Arctic Norway to the mountains of Greece and Turkey. As well as armoured units, the Greek exercise involved infantry battalions from Britain, Belgium, West Germany and the United States.