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US air defense troops train fast deployment of Patriot missiles in Poland

  • Gen. Hans-Lothar Domroese from Germany, right, decorates the flag of the NATO Multinational Corps Northeast during a ceremony marking the transition from the forces of lower readiness headquarters to the high readiness forces headquarters in Szczecin, Poland, Saturday, March 21, 2015. (AP Photo/Lukasz Szelemej)

    Gen. Hans-Lothar Domroese from Germany, right, decorates the flag of the NATO Multinational Corps Northeast during a ceremony marking the transition from the forces of lower readiness headquarters to the high readiness forces headquarters in Szczecin, Poland, Saturday, March 21, 2015. (AP Photo/Lukasz Szelemej)  (The Associated Press)

  • Soldiers from the Multinational Corps Northeast attend a ceremony marking the transition from the forces of lower readiness headquarters to the high readiness forces headquarters in Szczecin, Poland, Saturday, March 21, 2015. (AP Photo/Lukasz Szelemej)

    Soldiers from the Multinational Corps Northeast attend a ceremony marking the transition from the forces of lower readiness headquarters to the high readiness forces headquarters in Szczecin, Poland, Saturday, March 21, 2015. (AP Photo/Lukasz Szelemej)  (The Associated Press)

  • U.S. troops from 5th Battalion of the 7th Air Defense Regiment are seen at a test range in Sochaczew, Poland, on Saturday, March 21, 2015 as part of joint exercise with Poland’s troops of the 37th Missile Squadron of Air Defense that is to demonstrate the U.S. Army’s capacity to deploy Patriot systems rapidly within NATO territory. The training is a part of a wider Atlantic Resolve operation being held at a time of armed conflict across NATO’s eastern border, in Ukraine and also involving Russia.(AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

    U.S. troops from 5th Battalion of the 7th Air Defense Regiment are seen at a test range in Sochaczew, Poland, on Saturday, March 21, 2015 as part of joint exercise with Poland’s troops of the 37th Missile Squadron of Air Defense that is to demonstrate the U.S. Army’s capacity to deploy Patriot systems rapidly within NATO territory. The training is a part of a wider Atlantic Resolve operation being held at a time of armed conflict across NATO’s eastern border, in Ukraine and also involving Russia.(AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)  (The Associated Press)

U.S. air defense troops are training rapid deployment of Patriot missile launchers in Poland amid concerns that the conflict between Russia-backed rebels and government forces in Ukraine is threatening the security in the region.

Some 100 U.S. troops and 30 vehicles from the 7th Air Defense Regiment are practicing with Poland's troops at a test range in Sochaczew, near Warsaw. The exercise is aimed at showing the U.S. Army's capacity to deploy Patriot systems rapidly within NATO territory.

Speaking in fluent Polish, U.S. Ambassador Stephen Mull said Saturday that the U.S. is always ready to support Poland in times of need.

Meanwhile in Szczecin, on the Baltic coast, the NATO Multinational Corps Northeast held a ceremony to mark the procedure of raising its status from low to high reaction readiness.