Close to 1000 personnel assigned to Headquarters Allied Rapid Reaction Corps (HQ ARRC) arrived at RAF St. Mawgan, Cornwall on Sunday to conduct a training exercise that will run through to Saturday 12 October 2013.
Exercise ARRCADE CHARGER is designed to ensure the Innsworth-based NATO headquarters continues to remain ready for any potential short-notice call-up it may receive as part of the NATO Response Force (NRF) this year. Additionally, FUSION will present an opportunity for the ARRC to test out a new NATO operational concept, that of the Integrated Land Command, or ILC.
"As an ILC, the ARRC will incorporate air and maritime personnel into its structure,” explained ARRC Spokesman Lt Col Gareth Powell QGM. "This addition will equip the Headquarters with the ability to command all military and civilian personnel in future combat or operational theatres.”
Ultimately, this exercise forms what many in the military call the ‘crawl' and ‘walk' phase of a comprehensive headquarters training period. This training culminates in the ARRC's final exercise of 2013, ARRCADE FUSION, during which the headquarters will be running at full pace.
"As a NATO High Readiness Force, it is critical that we maintain our edge," continued Powell. "Both CHARGER and FUSION provide an excellent opportunity for us to test our operating practices and capabilities and ensure that we will be able to effectively command those troops assigned to us on any potential NATO operation.”
Occurring during the last two weeks of November, FUSION will see four divisions and three separate brigade headquarters, from across Europe and North America, join the Headquarters in Cornwall for a two-week exercise. Also participating in this exercise will be units and troops from ARRC Partner Nations, Denmark, Canada, Italy, the United States and Portugal, as well as personnel from Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, Australia, and New Zealand – all-in-all totalling some 2000 military and civilian personnel.
Additional notes for the Editor:
HQ ARRC is currently on stand-by for short-notice call-up and subsequent rapid deployment (5 days notice to move) in support of any potential NATO Response Force (NRF) mission that may develop during 2013.
An NRF is a coherent, high-readiness, joint, multinational force package of up to 25,000 troops that is technologically advanced, flexible, deployable, interoperable and sustainable. Its role is to act as a stand-alone military force available for rapid deployment as a collective-defense, crisis management or stabilization force, or to act as an initial entry force for a subsequent primary deployment.
The NRF traditionally comprises land, air and sea components provided by NATO members.
As an NRF Land Component Command, or LCC, the ARRC will essentially be in command of all land combat troops on the ground during an NRF deployment.
HQ ARRC is a NATO Rapid Deployment Corps headquarters, founded in 1992 in Germany, and headquartered in Gloucestershire since August 2010.
Although HQ ARRC's ‘framework nation' is the United Kingdom, comprising approximately 60% of the overall staff, the ARRC is fully multinational in nature and organization, with 15 Partner Nations contributing the remaining complement of personnel (Belgium, Canada, the Czech Republic, France, Denmark, Germany, Greece, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Turkey, and the United States).
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