ARRC personnel deploy to support COVID-19
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Coronavirus: NATO Staff Deploy To London To Help Combat Pandemic

Staff from NATO's Allied Rapid Reaction Corps have deployed to London in support of the Ministry of Defence's Operation Rescript.

ARRC personnel deploy to support COVID-19

Staff from NATO's Allied Rapid Reaction Corps (ARRC) have deployed from their headquarters in Gloucester to London to help with the coronavirus outbreak. 

The move is in support of Operation Rescript - the codename for the Ministry of Defence's (MOD) response to the pandemic in the UK.

Specialist military planners from the UK Armed Forces and personnel from the French army are among the group deploying to the capital, the ARRC said in a statement.

Major Rob Kinnerley, from the ARRC, said: "It's important as a military to respond because we've got the organisational skills to make it happen. "We're there, dependable, we've done this before in times of crisis. and we're ready to react pretty quickly to anything that comes up.

"I think the doctors and nurses have done an amazing job, and I'm just happy to shoulder the burden a little bit for everyone." 

It comes as British military personnel begin training to drive ambulances as part of a move to bolster the emergency services amid the outbreak. 

Meanwhile, personnel are also working 15-hour shifts to help build the new temporary hospital, NHS Nightingale, in east London.