Canadian Army personnel will participate in the forthcoming US-led multinational exercise Orzel Alert in Swidwin, Poland, as part of Nato reassurance measures in Central and Eastern Europe.
Around 50 soldiers from the Edmonton, Alberta-based 3rd Canadian Division, consisting of a platoon from 3rd Battalion and Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry and support staff, have already departed for Poland.
Aimed at enhancing interoperability and readiness, the exercise will see Canadian personnel conduct training in parachuting, airborne operations and infantry skills.
Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper said Russia’s persistent military aggression in Ukraine threatens the stability and security of Central and Eastern Europe.
"By taking part in exercise Orzel Alert, along with Nato allies, Canadian troops will contribute to the promotion of stability and security in the region, and demonstrate that the international community will not standby in the face of Russian militarism and expansionism," Harper said.
The Canadian government has also deployed six CF-18 Hornets fighters from the 429 Tactical Fighter Squadron to Romania.
In addition, the government has sent 15 Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) operational planning staff to enhance the Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers in Europe’s (SHAPE) operational planning functions in Casteau, Belgium.
Orzel Alert is scheduled to finish on 9 May 2014.
Image: Canadian soldiers alongside troops from Ukraine, Poland and Lithuania during exercise Maple Arch in September 2011 in Zagan, Poland. Photo: courtesy of DND/CAF.