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Canadian Army’s largest annual exercise begins in Wainwright

From May 13 to 24, exercise MAPLE RESOLVE 2018 takes place in Wainwright, AB. It is the most extensive Canadian Army training event of the year and involves around 6,000 troops, mostly from 5 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group based in Valcartier, Que. Also, United States, United Kingdom, Australia, and France will be taking part as well.

“This year’s exercise is the training culmination point for Canadian Army soldiers as they get set to embark on a year of high readiness and prepare to deploy on operations domestically and around the globe,” said Colonel Peter Scott, Commander, Canadian Manoeuvre Training Centre, in a press release issued May 11. 

The exercise has been designed and executed by the Canadian Manoeuvre Training Centre (CMTC.) Exercise MAPLE RESOLVE 18 creates an environment for the soldiers to hone their skills within a challenging operating environment that is both complex and mimics the realities of deployed operations.

Through participation in the exercise, the Canadian Army will be ready to take on any mission for the protection of Canada and to maintain the international peace and stability as outlined in Strong, Secure, Engaged, Canada’s Defence Policy. It also reaffirms Canada’s commitment to sustaining strong relationships with allies, partners, and other militaries.

“I am confident that this exercise will challenge all participants and deliver a Brigade Group and Air Task Force fully prepared for subsequent tasks,” added Col. Scott.

Exercise MAPLE RESOLVE 18 will be the final piece in the Canadian Army’s Road to High Readiness (RTHR) training program. RTHR is the Canadian Army’s flagship training program, preparing soldiers for domestic or overseas deployments, as ordered by the Government of Canada.

Featured Image: Members of Task Force Tomahawk from 2 Combat Engineer Regiment, and the 1st and 3rd Battalions of The Royal Canadian Regiment conduct intensive military training during Exercise MAPLE RESOLVE in Wainwright, Alberta, on 19 May, 2017.

Photo: Corporal Andrew Wesley
© DND / MND 2017

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