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Army opens new ‘green’ facility for Leopard tanks

Leoprad II tank maintenance facility

The Canadian Army yesterday formally opened a new energy-efficient maintenance facility for the service’s main Leopard II main battle tank.

The $6.7 million facility, located   at 5th Canadian Division Support Base Gagetown at 5th Canadian Division Support Base Gagetown, is  a single storey, 1,740 square metre maintenance and storage building which features a new 52-tonne crane and two of the maintenance bays allow for full turret rotation and the third bay dedicated to standard maintenance.

“I am very pleased to officially open this new facility,” Col. Daniel MacIsaac, Commander 5th Canadian Division Support Base Gagetown, said during the opening ceremony. “It will contribute to the success of our mission by enabling the work of our professional maintainers to keep the equipment functioning at its optimum capacity, and to keep the training mission on target.’’

Colonel Daniel MacIsaac cuts the red ribbon during the Grand Opening of the Leopard II Main Battle Facility with military personnel and civilians are in attendance at 5th Canadian Division Support Base Gagetown, Oromocto, New Brunswick. (Photo credit: Stephanie MacGillivray, Tactics School, 5th Canadian Division Support Base Gagetown).
Colonel Daniel MacIsaac cuts the red ribbon during the Grand Opening of the Leopard II Main Battle Facility with military personnel and civilians are in attendance at 5th Canadian Division Support Base Gagetown, Oromocto, New Brunswick. (Photo credit: Stephanie MacGillivray, Tactics School, 5th Canadian Division Support Base Gagetown).

The Leopard II is heavily protected against direct fire enabling it to continue to be relevant on the modern battlefield. The tank  has proven itself as a deterrent to attacks and has allowed Canadian soldiers to safely cross terrain impassable for wheeled vehicles. The Leopard II is a key element of the warfighting capability of the Canadian Armed Forces.

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