Operation Temperer Over, Soldiers Remain at Readiness
Chief of Defence Staff Praises Military Support to Police
When the terrorist threat level was raised to CRITICAL about 1,000 military personnel were deployed alongside the police. Following a gradual reduction over the last few days, all troops will have returned to their bases by the end of today.
Under Operation Temperer – the mobilisation plan for military support to the police following a major terrorist attack – troops backfilled existing armed police guarding roles, releasing extra armed police officers to support the wider incident response.
UK Armed Forces from all three services moved quickly to support police forces across the country, including the Metropolitan Police and Civil Nuclear Constabulary. Units from the British Army included the 2nd Battalion, The Parachute Regiment (2 PARA), alongwith the RAF Regiment and Royal Marines.
Chief of the Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshal Sir Stuart Peach, said:
I pay tribute to all involved in the UK Armed Forces for the support given to the police following [the] tragic attack in Manchester. Whether in niche or specialist roles in support of law enforcement or in static support of policing, the collective calm professionalism of the military has been evident for all to see.
Of course, our thoughts are with those who have lost loved ones or suffered life changing injuries and we must all stay vigilant against further attacks or atrocities. Wherever based or deployed, many in the Armed Forces and wider Defence family do and will continue to make an important contribution to our nation’s efforts to counter terrorism.
Service personnel will remain at readiness to deploy in support of the police should future security situations require.
Source: British Army.
Image: British Army, 2nd Battalion Parachute Regiment (2 PARA), Operation Temperer (Crown Copyright, 2017).