Close to 1000 personnel assigned to Headquarters Allied Rapid Reaction Corps (HQ ARRC) completed a week-long training exercise today at RAF St. Mawgan, Cornwall.
Named Exercise ARRCADE CHARGER, the training event was primarily 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, CHARGER presented the headquarters with an opportunity to begin training for the ARRC's next challenge, that of becoming an Integrated Land Command, or ILC.
A new operational concept conceived by NATO, the ILC builds a land-centric headquarters, like the ARRC, into an element capable of commanding an entire military theatre of operations. For ARRC, this means adding both air and maritime personnel to its structure so that it can command air, land, and sea troops.
The ARRC has volunteered to pioneer this concept, and will use the headquarters' next major training exercise, ARRCADE FUSION, to do so.
Occurring during the last two weeks of November, FUSION will see the headquarters deploying to RAF St Mawgan again, this time commanding four divisions and three separate brigade headquarters, from across Europe and North America.
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.
"CHARGER has done a terrific job of testing our readiness,” said ARRC spokesman Major Chris Hyde. "Additionally, we have begun to wrap our arms around what we will need to do in order to fully realize the Integrated Land Command concept during FUSION.”
"I'm confident that FUSION will see the ARRC rising to conquer another challenge,” continued Hyde.
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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