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20th Armoured Infantry Brigade lead NATO spearhead force in 2017

From 1 January 2017 the UK assumed responsibility for NATO’s Very High Readiness Joint Task Force (VJTF) contributing about 3,000 personnel, with 20th Armoured Infantry Brigade (20 Armd Inf Bde) leading a framework group of 14 partner nations.

The VJTF is part of NATO’s enhanced NATO Response Force (eNRF), agreed at the 2014 Wales NATO Summit when allies decided to strengthen the Alliance’s collective defence and ensure NATO has the right forces in the right place at the right time.

Also known as the ‘spearhead force’ it consists of 20,000 personnel and includes Land, Air, Maritime and Special Forces components. The ‘land’ component is known as the VJTF(L).

During this year 20 Armd Inf Bde will provide the VJTF(L) Brigade HQ, armoured infantry and light role infantry battle groups plus communications, reconnaissance, intelligence capabilities, combat support and logistic elements, which will ensure that the multinational brigade can operate as a rapidly deployable and effective fighting force.

Find out more: British forces assume lead for 2017 NATO spearhead force

2017 lead for NATO force

20th Armoured Infantry Brigade is leading NATO's multinational spearhead land force known as the VJTF(L) in 2017. It is deployable anywhere in the world within 5 days.

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