MILITARY

US military completes $11.2 million facelift in Estonia

  • U.S. Ambassador to Estonia James D. Melville Jr. addresses dignitaries in front of an U.S. Army tank, at a hand-over ceremony of the upgraded NATO military base in Tapa, Estonia, Thursday, Dec. 15, 2016. The U.S. military has completed infrastructure investments worth $11.2 million to upgrade the Estonian army base as a part of a U.S. commitment to the alliance's eastern flank, which is facing increasing tensions with Russia. (AP Photo/Vitnija Saldava)

    U.S. Ambassador to Estonia James D. Melville Jr. addresses dignitaries in front of an U.S. Army tank, at a hand-over ceremony of the upgraded NATO military base in Tapa, Estonia, Thursday, Dec. 15, 2016. The U.S. military has completed infrastructure investments worth $11.2 million to upgrade the Estonian army base as a part of a U.S. commitment to the alliance's eastern flank, which is facing increasing tensions with Russia. (AP Photo/Vitnija Saldava)  (The Associated Press)

  • U.S. Ambassador to Estonia James D. Melville Jr. addresses dignitaries in front of an U.S. Army tank, at a hand-over ceremony of the upgraded NATO military base in Tapa, Estonia, Thursday, Dec. 15, 2016. The U.S. military has completed infrastructure investments worth $11.2 million to upgrade the Estonian army base as a part of a U.S. commitment to the alliance's eastern flank, which is facing increasing tensions with Russia. (AP Photo/Vitnija Saldava)

    U.S. Ambassador to Estonia James D. Melville Jr. addresses dignitaries in front of an U.S. Army tank, at a hand-over ceremony of the upgraded NATO military base in Tapa, Estonia, Thursday, Dec. 15, 2016. The U.S. military has completed infrastructure investments worth $11.2 million to upgrade the Estonian army base as a part of a U.S. commitment to the alliance's eastern flank, which is facing increasing tensions with Russia. (AP Photo/Vitnija Saldava)  (The Associated Press)

The United States military has completed infrastructure investments worth $11.2 million to upgrade an Estonian NATO army base as a part of a U.S. commitment to the alliance's eastern flank, which is facing increasing tensions with Russia.

Maj. Gen. John Gronski said Thursday the face-lifts at the Tapa army base were symbols of the North Atlantic Treaty Alliance's "strength and resolve" in the Baltic region.

Updated amenities include new sniper and machine-gun shooting ranges, maintenance facilities and a train loading area.

Located 80 kilometers (50 miles) southeast of the Estonian capital of Tallinn, the base has been used by the American military for regular training lately. As of 2017, it will be the main base for 800 British infantry and 300 French troops arriving in Estonia.