ARRC soldiers on exercise to keep operationally ready
HUNDREDS of soldiers from an elite Nato headquarters in Gloucestershire have embarked on a training exercise in Cornwall.
Nearly 1,000 personnel from the Headquarters Allied Rapid Reaction Corps (ARRC), based in Imjin Barracks, Innsworth, have arrived at RAF St Mawgan, Cornwall for a training exercise to test operational readiness.
Exercise Arrcade Charger started on Sunday and will finish this Saturday.
It is designed to ensure ARRC remains ready for any potential short-notice call up it will receive.
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Troops from ARRC have only five days to move as part of the Nato Response Force (NRF) if they get called up to any conflicts around the world.
The exercise will accumulate to Exercise Fusion in November, which will test ARRC as an Integrated Land Command (ILC).
This means they will be in command of all combat troops in an operation, land, air and sea troops.
Lieutenant Colonel Gareth Powell QGM, said: “As a NATO High Readiness Force, it is critical that we maintain our edge.
“Both Charger and Fusion provide a excellent opportunities 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.”
The unit is made up of 16 different countries, with 60 per cent of the staff from the British Armed Forces.
In November, thousands of soldiers from partner nations, including Denmark, Canada, Italy, the United States, Portugal, Qatar, Australia and New Zealand will join ARRC for the two week exercise.
They will join four division and three separate brigade headquarters from across Europe and North America.