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Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

Volume 468: debated on Thursday 6 December 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what units form the UK’s commitment to the Allied Rapid Reaction Corps. (170827)

Only those units which are integral to HQ Allied Rapid Reaction Corps (ARRC) or under operational command of Commander ARRC on a peace-time basis are actually committed to it. Most UK formations and units on which HQ ARRC might draw for operations are affiliated for training, doctrine development, communication and other purposes, but not permanently assigned to, or commanded by, HQ ARRC. The integral and affiliated HQ ARRC units are listed as follows.

Unit name

HQ ARRC Group

1 (UK) Signals Brigade (includes the ARRC Support Battalion)

12 (UK) Signals Group

Postal and Courier Support (99 Postal and Courier Squadron Royal Logistic Corps)

Operational Intelligence Support Group/UK National Intelligence Cell/12 Military Intelligence Company

Command and Liaison Flight (12 Fleet Army Air Corps)

Geographic Section (14 Geographic Squadron Royal Engineers)

(B) Affiliated To HO ARRC

ARRC Combat Support

1(UK) Artillery Brigade

16 Air Assault Brigade

Multinational Engineer Brigade (based on 8 (UK) Force Engineer Brigade)

Engineer Battalion (2) (Not identified—would be identified through force generation if/when required)

Electronic Warfare Battalion (14 Signal Regt)

Special Operations Forces

Joint Helicopter Force

Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Defence Regiment (Joint CBRN Regiment)

Electronic Warfare Coordination Cell (from 14 Signal Regiment)

Engineer Works Team

Combat Service Support

Port Regiment (17 Port and Maritime Regiment Royal Logistic Corps)

Movement Control Company Battalion (162 Movement Control Regiment Royal Logistic Corps)

Transport and Support Group (based on HQ 2 Multinational Logistic Support Group)

Medical Group (based on 2(UK) Medical Brigade)

ARRC Multinational Military Police Battalion (based on Royal Military Police Battalion HQ)

Recovery Company (Not identified—would be identified through force generation if/when required)

ARRC Combat Affiliations

1(UK) Armoured Division (Includes 4 (UK) Mechanised Brigade, 7 (UK) Armoured Brigade, 20 (UK) Armoured Brigade)

3 (UK) Mechanised Division (Includes 1 (UK) Mechanised Brigade, 12 (UK) Mechanised Brigade, 19 (UK) Light Brigade

Rear Area Security Force

Rear Area Security Brigade HQ

Mechanised Battalions (2) (Not identified—would be identified through force generation if/when required)

Reconnaissance Company (Not identified—would be identified through force generation if/when required)

Artillery Battalion (Not identified—would be identified through force generation if/when required)

Engineer Battalion (Not identified—would be identified through force generation if/when required)