UK SECRETARY OF STATE FOR DEFENCE VISITS UK NATO HIGH READINESS HQ
During the visit, the UK Secretary of State for Defence was given a series of briefings, including a visit to the ARRC Combined Joint Operation Centre, to give him a detailed overview of the exercise before speaking to gathered troops. (ARRC Public Affairs Photo by WO2 Dan Harmer, Written by U.S. Staff Sgt. Michael Sword, GBR/Released)
24 Oct 2016
RAF ST MAWGAN, UK - Rt Hon Secretary of State for Defence Sir Michael Fallon KCB MP (CON) visited the Allied Rapid Reaction Corps (ARRC) at RAF St. Mawgan, as they kicked off exercise TRIDENT JUNCTURE 16, 24 Oct 2016. The exercise will certify the ARRC as a NATO Land Forces HQ in preparation for its role as part of the NATO Response Force in 2017.
During the visit the UK Secretary of State for Defence was given a series of briefings, including a visit to the ARRC Combined Joint Operation Centre, to give him a detailed overview of the exercise before speaking to gathered troops.
"I wanted to come down here today to say thank you,” he said. "What you’re doing here today is providing critical reassurance, through the nature of this exercise, to our Eastern European Allies during a time of rising tension. Everything you are doing here is helping to strengthen NATO itself.”
In addition to the ARRC’s key role within the NRF, the UK will contribute a Brigade to the NATO Very High Readiness Joint Task Force, and deploy a battle group to Estonia as part of NATO’s Enhanced Response Force strategy. "Collectively all these measures give the alliance the ability to react not just within weeks or days, but within hours,” Sir Michael Fallon said.
Before departing, he fielded questions from service members but not before leaving them with some final words about the importance of their work on TRIDENT JUNCTURE 16. "What you are doing here is in pursuit of the peace and the security of all our nations in the alliance,” he said. "This headquarters is already rising to prominence within the British Army but I have no doubt, as we move forward into 2017, greater things are yet to come.”
Story by HQ ARRC Public Affairs Office