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Joint Rapid Reaction Force

Volume 487: debated on Tuesday 27 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which brigade forms the Joint Rapid Reaction Force (JRRF); whether it is fully equipped; whether the present JRRF is deployed; and when the future JRRF will take over from the present JRRF. (249740)

The Joint Rapid Reaction Force (JRRF) is a high readiness contingency capability which is deployed in support of the UK's foreign and security policy objectives. Each deployment is tailored to meet the operational requirements of the mission, and can draw from a pool of highly agile and adept units.

JRRF commitments currently held at high readiness are the Spearhead Land Element (SLE) and Small Scale Contingent Battle Group (SSCBG). The SSCBG is provided by 3rd Battalion, The Parachute Regiment until December 2009 and the SLE is based on 1st Battalion, The Royal Anglian Regiment until 31 July 2009.

For non-discretionary JRRF tasks, equipment holdings exist to ensure mission success. However, some equipment might need to be re-apportioned from other activities depending on the task, to ensure that appropriate quantities are available in the short term to meet the emergent need.

No JRRF Brigade is currently deployed.