ArmChairCivvy wrote:Why offload in Emden if one is headed for Estonia?
Because Baltic countries have fallen on Day 2 or 3?
There were more (other
) aspects to it, picked up from a wordy thinpinstripedline blog: unit rotation and testing the whole fleet mgt, i.e. will the vehicles rolling out of the (only large) climate controlled storage actually work on the day
" Tractable has helped focus attention on other critical capabilities like strategic sealift. The use of the ‘POINT’ class strat ro-ro ferry force to help move vehicles across the channel and into Emden (and then onto Estonia) has helped show how key these vessels are to British Army capability.
Without them it would be much harder to do the complex business of deploying overseas. Here too we are also reminded of the critical importance of units like 17 Port and Maritime Regiment, one of the most unusual (and vital) units in the Army today, responsible for co-0rdinating the sealift and deployment of vehicles around the globe.
This has also been a good opportunity to test the ability to bring UK vehicles out of storage from Germany, where there is still a large stored force, and ensure they can be deployed effectively. With the demise of ‘British Forces Germany’ and the associated loss of manpower and formed units, this is a good chance to test that the model of having vehicles in store works and can be activated quickly for operations. "