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Nov 13 2020

HRH The Prince of Wales Visits Key NATO Exercise

Lieutenant General Sir Edward Smyth-Osbourne, Commander of the Allied Rapid Reaction Corps, hosted His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales during his visit to exercise Loyal Leda 2020.

FAIRFORD, Gloucestershire, U.K. - His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales visited multinational NATO troops from 21 nations serving at the Allied Rapid Reaction Corps, in Gloucester and units supporting exercise Loyal Leda 2020. Troops provided an overview of the exercise, which will validate the U.K.’s largest Land contribution to NATO, and some of the new capabilities and technology being developed and tested by the headquarters. 

The U.K. element of this Command Post Exercise, with over 1,000 personnel dispersed across a number of sites in Gloucestershire, will certify the headquarters as NATO’s first War Fighting Corps held at readiness since the Cold War. This means the headquarters is ready to deploy at short-notice on large scale operations up to and including high intensity warfare until January 2022. This would see the headquarters command multinational Divisions and up to 120,000 troops across the full spectrum of operations, including cyber and space domains.

As a strong supporter of the Armed Services, The Prince of Wales regularly visits Commonwealth troops and his U.K. Regiments during training or on operations. During this visit His Royal Highness met Commonwealth soldiers from the 1st Canadian Division, the ‘Red Devils’ and Gurkhas from the Allied Rapid Reaction Corps Support Battalion. His Royal Highness helps maintain the Royal Family’s strong connection to the Commonwealth and is the Colonel-in-Chief of the Royal Gurkha Rifles.


Canadian Commonwealth Support

His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales met Canadian Commonwealth soldiers from the 1st Canadian Division, for a brief about how they are supporting the Allied Rapid Reaction Corps on Exercise Loyal Leda 2020.

His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales meets Canadian Commonwealth soldiers from 1st Canadian Division (Red Devils) on Exercise Loyal Leda 2020. (Photo by Sergeant Paul Shaw, HQ ARRC)


Air and Space Operations

His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales met the Allied Rapid Reaction Corps’ Air Operations Coordination Centre and space subject matter experts, who provided a brief on the air and space domains being exercised during Loyal Leda 2020.

His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales meets HQ ARRC Air Operations Coordination Centre space support subject matter experts. (Photo by Sergeant Paul Shaw, HQ ARRC)


1st (UK) Signals Brigade and Allied Rapid Reaction Corps Support Battalion

His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales met Gurkhas from the 1st (UK) Signals Brigade and the Allied Rapid Reaction Corps Support Battalion on Exercise Loyal Leda 2020. These units provide deployed communications and information systems, force protection and real-life support for the Allied Rapid Reaction Corps.

His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales meets Gurkha soldiers from 1 (UK) Signals Brigade and ARRC Support Battalion. From L-R: Rifleman Jeet Kumar Rokamagar, Royal Gurkha Rifles, Signaller Pavin Thapa,  1 (UK) Signals Brigade and Warrant Officer Class 2 Saroj Rai, 22 Signals Regiment. (Photo by Sergeant Paul Shaw, HQ ARRC)

Story by Allied Rapid Reaction Corps Public Affairs Office

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