More than 800 British personnel are currently stationed in Estonia as part of Nato’s enhanced forward presence (eFP) in a bid to deter Russian aggression.

A senior UK officer said the deployment of British troops to the Baltic state shows Nato is a “very capable force” that is ready to deal with a raft of threats.

British troops in EstoniaArmoured vehicles in the snow at a training area near Tapa in Estonia, as 1st Battalion The Royal Welsh take part in Exercise Winter Camp (Joe Giddens/PA)
British troops in EstoniaMore than 800 British personnel are currently stationed in the Baltic state as part of Nato’s enhanced forward presence (eFP) (Joe Giddens/PA)
British troops in EstoniaThe soldiers are there alongside Danish, Canadian and Estonian forces (Joe Giddens/PA)
British troops in EstoniaThe British Army is providing the bulk of the numbers through the armoured infantry task force of the 1st Battalion The Royal Welsh (Joe Giddens/PA)
British troops in EstoniaThey are based more than 80 miles from the Russian border in the town of Tapa (Joe Giddens/PA)
British troops in EstoniaTaking a central role in the eFP, the Senior Major of The Royal Welsh, Darren Hughes, said his troops are aware of why they are in Estonia (Joe Giddens/PA)
British troops in EstoniaDarren Hughes said they are there ‘to show to any potential aggressor that as a force, Nato is very capable and is prepared to deal with a whole raft of threats’ (Joe Giddens/PA)
British troops in EstoniaThe eFP is a deployment of defensive, but combat-capable forces in countries which includes Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland (Joe Giddens/PA)
British troops in EstoniaThere are four multinational battle groups across the region, led by Britain, Canada, Germany and the United States, which aim to deter any potential Russian aggression (Joe Giddens/PA)
British troops in EstoniaFusilier Lee Hilmer-Hills, from Pembrokeshire, of 1st Battalion The Royal Welsh, at the training area near Tapa in Estonia (Joe Giddens/PA)
British troops in EstoniaA soldier looks out from a snow-covered trench during Exercise Winter Camp (Joe Giddens/PA)
British troops in EstoniaA tank at the training area, where British troops are ‘standing ready’ to defend against a potentially aggressive Russia alongside Nato allies (Joe Giddens/PA)
British troops in EstoniaSoldiers from A Company, 1st Battalion The Royal Welsh, watching television coverage of the Six Nations rugby union match between England and Wales (Cpl Timothy Jones RLC/MoD/Crown/PA)
British troops in EstoniaSoldiers set up their tents for the night during Exercise Winter Camp (Joe Giddens/PA)

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