Editor in Chief: Dr. Hussain Yasa Thursday, March 23rd, 2017

British Military Take over Command of NATO Instant Response Force

British Military Take  over Command of NATO Instant Response Force

LONDON - British Ministry of Defense (MOD) officials announced Wednesday that British forces have taken command of NATO's Response Force and its flagship Very High Readiness Joint Task Force (VJTF).
Government Defense Minister Earl Howe witnessed the handover of the NATO's VJTF at an official ceremony at the Imjin Military Barracks in Gloucester.
It commits thousands of British troops to be on standby and ready to deploy within days.
The force will comprise of 3,000 British troops standing ready, supported by NATO allies, to respond to any threat to the alliance.
As Britain takes over the command from Spain, the 20th Armoured Brigade will lead the force with the 1st Battalion The Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment, the 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards, 26 Regiment Royal Artillery, 35 Engineer Regiment and 1 Logistic Support Regiment also contributing troops.
The United States, Denmark, Spain, Norway and Poland will support the British brigade, adding capabilities such as armoured infantry companies, aviation and mechanised infantry, said the MOD in a statement.
To further project Britain's global influence, the Royal Air Force has also taken the lead in the air component of the NATO Response Force. (Xinhua)