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6,000 troops to take part in army’s largest exercise

Canadian soldiers conduct dismounted patrols in the training area of 3rd Canadian Division Support Group, Wainwright,AB during the main thrust of the advance party for Exercise MAPLE RESOLVE 15, 6 May 15. Photo by: Sgt Dan Shouinard

Over 6,000 Canadian Armed Forces personnel will participate in Exercise Maple Resolve 2016, the army’s largest and most complex training event of the year.

The exercise will take place in Wainwright, Alberta, from May 23 to June 6, 2016.

“Exercise Maple Resolve is an excellent venue to provide soldiers and air personnel the opportunity to experience the realistic and dynamic training required to produce a combat-effective, multi-purpose land force,” said Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan. “CAF members will leave Wainwright ready to deploy anywhere in the world on behalf of Canada exercise while enhancing our abilities to work with Allies and partners.”

This training will confirm the readiness of 1 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group (1 CMBG) and elements of the Royal Canadian Air Force, testing their ability to operate anywhere in the world in order to deliver decisive land and air power as directed by the Government of Canada. Maple Resolve the culminating phase of training that will allow 1 CMBG to assume its responsibilities as the Canadian Army’s High Readiness brigade on July 1, 2016.

Members from 5 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group dismount and conduct mine clearance drills in the training area of 3rd Canadian Division Support Group, Wainwright, AB during the main thrust of the advance party for Exercise MAPLE RESOLVE 15, 6 May 15. Photo by: Sgt Dan Shouinard
Members from 5 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group dismount and conduct mine clearance drills in the training area of 3rd Canadian Division Support Group, Wainwright, AB during the main thrust of the advance party for Exercise MAPLE RESOLVE 15, 6 May 15. Photo by: Sgt Dan Shouinard.

 

This year’s exercise is hosted by the Canadian Manoeuvre Training Centre and will provide Canadian Army soldiers, leaders, and other CAF personnel a unique opportunity to enhance their combat readiness by responding to conventional and hybrid threats in a joint, integrated, multinational, and national whole-of-government environment.

Canadian soldiers serving with 1 CMBG based in Edmonton, Alberta and Shilo, Manitoba will train with elements of the Royal Canadian Air Force, the United States (U.S.) Army, U.S. National Guard, U.S. Army Reserves, U.S. Marine Corps, and the British Army.

Allied participation will involve over 1200 soldiers from the U.S. Armed Forces and approximately 150 soldiers from the British Army.

Participating personnel will use a wide variety of tactics, weapons, simulation technology, armoured fighting vehicles, and over 20 aircraft in order to hone their skills within a realistic, evolving and challenging operating environment.

 

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