Rapid Reaction Corps plan approved

Latvian troops moved closer to joining NATO's Allied Rapid Reaction Corps (ARRC) on Monday when the cabinet of ministers approved a Defense Ministry plan to give them operational experience in the elite military group, which is headquartered near Gloucester in the United Kingdom.

The cabinet approved the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding that incorporates requirements covering “staffing levels, financing, management and support” that Latvia will provide as part of the ARRC, the Defense Ministry said in a statement.

Although the corps is commanded by a British Army officer, it is classed as a “framework” organisation within NATO with the UK providing the majority of funding and staff with the remainder made up of partner nations, currently Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, France, Denmark, Germany, Greece, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Turkey and the United States.

The ARRC was established in 1992 and is described by NATO as “a highly capable multinational, NATO operational headquarters, fully ready for rapid deployment worldwide within five to thirty days, with dedicated and integrated support to sustain and protect the headquarters once deployed.”

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