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UK Operations

All military operations within the UK fall under the generic title of UK Operations, which comprises the Armed Forces' response to a wide range of contingencies and emergencies during peace, periods of tension, crisis and war.

The first response to most emergencies will usually be provided by the local emergency services and authorities, often in conjunction with Government Departments and the commercial sector – the utility providers and transport companies.

There will however be times when local services find that the scale, duration, impact or nature of events places the situation beyond their capacity and they will then look to exercise mutual aid arrangements, calling on assistance from neighbouring emergency services or companies.

There are times when these contingencies prove ineffective and then military support can be requested under the heading of 'Military Aid to the Civil Authorities'.

In Northern Ireland, Commander 38 (Irish) Brigade has delegated responsibility and will act as the Senior Military Commander for UK Operations should the need arise.