Re: Armed Forces to end military operations in Northern Ireland
- From: "DAVID JONES" <david.jones1664@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Wed, 25 Jul 2007 22:54:46 GMT
"Nik" <republican@xxxxxxxxx> wrote in message
On Wed, 25 Jul 2007 14:47:23 GMT, "Falcon" <falcon@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
Today, Wednesday 25 July 2007, the Armed Forces Minister, Bob Ainsworth,
made the following written statement to the House of Commons:
Next week, on 31 July, Operation BANNER will come to an end, the three
Services (Army, Royal Air Force and Royal Navy) having delivered
support to the police and civil authorities in Northern Ireland for 38
years. It will have been the longest continuous deployment of UK Armed
Forces in their history.
"As we move into a new era with fewer than 5,000 troops resident in
Ireland, trained and available for deployment worldwide, the military will
retain some limited but specific responsibilities with the capability to
deploy in situations of extreme public disorder in support of the PSNI
a new operation to be known as Operation HELVETIC.
The troops deployed in such circumstances would come from wherever they
available at the time. In addition, provision of Explosive Ordnance
(EOD) will continue.
Across the UK the Armed Forces can provide support to the civil
during emergencies under normal Military Aid to Civil Authorities (MACA)
tasking arrangements. Where there is an imminent threat to life, such as
major accident or natural disaster, the authorities can call upon local
military commanders for support.
After 1 August
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