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Prince Charles attends the NATO Rapid Response Corps exercises


A maskless Prince Charles met with Gurkhas and Commonwealth soldiers on a visit to RAF Fairford today.

The Prince of Wales spoke to soldiers participating in Exercise Loyal Leda 2020 when he was given a tour of the base in Gloucestershire.

On the grounds of the RAF, the prince, who will turn 72 on Saturday, met Commonwealth soldiers of the 1st Canadian Division, the & # 39; Red Devils & # 39; and Gurkhas of the Allied Rapid Reaction Corps (ARRC) Support Battalion.

He got an overview of key NATO exercises – which included the Multinational Southeast Division – and saw some of the new capabilities being developed by headquarters.

Although he did not wear face covering while speaking to soldiers outside, he followed social distancing protocols throughout the visit.

A maskless Prince Charles met with Gurkhas and Commonwealth soldiers during a visit to RAF Fairford in Gloucestershire today. The Prince of Wales chats with Brigadier General Carlos Salgado, seen here at RAF Fairford today

The Prince of Wales spoke to soldiers deployed at Exercise Loyal Leda 2020 when it was shown at the base in Gloucestershire

The Prince of Wales spoke to soldiers deployed at Exercise Loyal Leda 2020 when it was shown at the base in Gloucestershire

While at the base, the prince, who will turn 72 on Saturday, met Commonwealth soldiers from the 1st Canadian Division, the & # 39; Red Devils & # 39; and Gurkhas from the Allied Rapid Reaction Corps Support Battalion

While at the base, the prince, who will turn 72 on Saturday, met Commonwealth soldiers from the 1st Canadian Division, the & # 39; Red Devils & # 39; and Gurkhas from the Allied Rapid Reaction Corps Support Battalion

He also got an overview of the major NATO exercises that the Allied Rapid Reaction Corps and Multinational Southeast Division were involved in, and saw some of the new capabilities developed by headquarters

He also got an overview of the major NATO exercises that the Allied Rapid Reaction Corps and Multinational Southeast Division were involved in, and saw some of the new capabilities developed by headquarters

Although he did not wear face covering while speaking to soldiers outside, he followed social distancing protocols throughout the visit

Although he did not wear face covering while speaking to soldiers outside, he followed social distancing protocols throughout the visit

Loyal Leda is a month long NATO Article 5 command post exercise taking place November 2nd through 20th in the UK.

The main exercise is to provide collective defense against NATO allies in the event of an attack.

The exercise involved divisions from Canada, Romania, the United States, and the United Kingdom, who were teaching the Commander Allied Rapid Reaction Corps.

It includes elements of Major Joint Operations (MJO +) – NATO's plan for the entire alliance to maintain the ability to collectively defend against a competitor close to peers.

NATO leaders say Loyal Leda's main goal is to train military tactics that include "multi-domain" operations.

The exercise is intended to be a key element in assessing the readiness of the ARRC in the event of an attack. It will also validate and certify the Allied Rapid Reaction Corps as a NATO Warfighting Corps.

The visit comes after it became known earlier this week that NATO is building a new space hub to track down Chinese and Russian weapons that it fears may attempt to "shoot down satellites," its secretary general said yesterday.

Jens Stoltenberg warned the two countries against the development of anti-satellite systems.

His comments came when General Sir Patrick Sanders, Head of Defense Strategic Command, said Britain was "facing a direct threat, certainly cyber".

Britain is not "fit for war in the information age" because the defense forces are out of date, he added.

Loyal Leda is a month long NATO Article 5 command post exercise taking place November 2nd through 20th in the UK

Loyal Leda is a month long NATO Article 5 command post exercise taking place November 2nd through 20th in the UK

The exercise involves divisions from Canada, Romania, the United States, and the United Kingdom, who briefed the Commander Allied Rapid Reaction Corps (ARRC)

The exercise involves divisions from Canada, Romania, the United States, and the United Kingdom, who briefed the Commander Allied Rapid Reaction Corps (ARRC)

It contains force elements of Major Joint Operations (MJO +) - NATO's plan for the entire alliance to maintain collective defense capabilities against a competitor near their peers

It contains force elements of Major Joint Operations (MJO +) – NATO's plan for the entire alliance to maintain collective defense capabilities against a competitor near their peers

However, NATO chiefs say the main objective of Loyal Leda is to train military tactics that include "multi-domain" operations

However, NATO chiefs say the main objective of Loyal Leda is to train military tactics that include "multi-domain" operations

The exercise is intended to be a key element in assessing the readiness of the ARRC in the event of an attack. It will also validate and certify the Allied Rapid Reaction Corps as a NATO Warfighting Corps

The exercise is intended to be a key element in assessing the readiness of the ARRC in the event of an attack. It will also validate and certify the Allied Rapid Reaction Corps as a NATO Warfighting Corps

The space center will be located at the Ramstein Air Force Base in Germany and collect information about possible threats to satellites.

Mr. Stoltenberg said: “Satellite systems keep our world running in a way that many hardly realize. Commerce, weather forecasts, cell phones and banking all rely on satellites.

& # 39; Fast, effective and secure satellite communications are essential for our troops.

"Some nations, including Russia and China, are developing anti-satellite systems that could blind, disable, or shoot satellites."

Speaking at the Atlantic Future Forum virtual conference, Sir Patrick said, “If you were to characterize the British Defense Forces we have today, the armed forces we have today, you would describe them as common and fit for industrial age war, but not yet integrated and fit for warfare in the information age. & # 39;

He added, “Full spectrum means being able to deal with threats at home and on the go.

“The idea that we're just going to play games is for the birds.

"We are directly threatened in the UK, certainly in cyber and to a greater extent in the maritime and air sectors."

The latest NATO operation comes after HMS Queen Elizabeth led the largest and most powerful task force in a European Navy in almost 20 years last month.

The £ 3 billion aircraft carrier – the largest in Royal Navy history – was the crown jewel of a flotilla of nine ships that make up the new Carrier Strike Group in Britain.

Last month it met for the first time at sea off the north-east coast of Scotland for Joint Warrior – NATO's largest annual exercise.

The 930 foot aircraft carrier led the flotilla of destroyers and frigates from Great Britain, the United States and the Netherlands along with two Royal Fleet Auxiliaries.

A total of 3,000 employees from Great Britain, the USA and the Netherlands were involved.

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