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Operational Readiness Force

Volume 470: debated on Monday 7 January 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which units form the UK’s commitment to the Operational Readiness Force (ORF) for KFOR; whether they are fully equipped; whether the ORF is deployed; and when the next ORF will take over from the current ORF. (170804)

[holding answer 4 December 2007]: The UK element of NATO’s Operational Reserve Force (ORF) is currently a battalion from the 2 Royal Ghurkhas Rifles. Subsequently the UK ORF will consist of a battalion from 1 Welsh Guards and then followed by a battalion from 2 Rifles. The UK ORF battalion is prepared and positioned in the UK and will take over as the highest ready (four days notice for the lead element) battalion in support of NATO responsibilities in the Balkans from 1 January 2008 until 30 June 2008. The battalion is fully equipped for the potential tasks required of it.