Visitors see Arrcade Fusion 2015
Gen. Sir Nicholas Carter, Chief of the General Staff of the British Army, Lt. Gen. Tim Evans, commander of the ARRC, along with Lt. Gen. Raimonds Graube, Chief of Defence of the Republic of Latvia, held a press conference to inform audiences about the aims of AF15. (NATO Photo / WO2 Dan Harmer GBR Army / Released)
17 Nov 2015
Distinguished Visitors Day, Arrcade Fusion 2015
Military and civilian leadership from across NATO saw the operational main headquarters of the deployed Allied Rapid Reaction Corps on exercise in Lielvarde, Latvia today.
Sections of the headquarters explained how exercise Arrcade Fusion 2014 contributes to the readiness of both the ARRC and NATO. The training to deploy, test, and integrate with host nations in Latvia, Lithuania, and Estonia brought multiple test-bed concepts forward for the Very High Readiness Joint Task Force.
Gen. Sir Nicholas Carter, Chief of the General Staff of the British Army, attended the event and held a VJTF conference on the same day. He and Lt. Gen. Tim Evans, commander of the ARRC, along with Lt. Gen. Raimonds Graube, Chief of Defence of the Republic of Latvia, held a press conference to inform audiences about the aims of AF15.
"The aim of the exercise was to improve our understanding of what it takes to deploy a force into another NATO nation and refine the way Headquarters Allied Rapid Reaction Corps operates alongside our Baltic allies,” said Evans. "Also, and perhaps more importantly, we wanted to assure the people and governments of Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia that NATO stands ready to support its members when required. We have learnt a great deal and we can take forward the lessons to further improve and enhance our cooperation together.”
AF15 has involved about 1,700 military and civilian personnel to train and sustain the ARRC, to include the staff and primary training audience.