Canada Land Task Force and Polish Army conduct Exercise Lancer Strike

21 June 2015 (Last Updated June 21st, 2015 18:30)

The Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) personnel are conducting a joint training exercise with members of the Polish Army in Tomaszow Maz, Poland.

The Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) personnel are conducting a joint training exercise with members of the Polish Army in Tomaszow Maz, Poland.

Code-named Lancer Strike, the exercise involves participation from approximately 35 soldiers from 3rd Battalion, the Royal Canadian Regiment, as well as soldiers from the Polish 25th Air Cavalry Brigade.

The exercise forms part of Operation Reassurance, a military campaign being undertaken by the CAF to support Nato assurance measures for Central and Eastern Europe, following Russia's aggressive actions in eastern Ukraine and its illegal and illegitimate annexation of Crimea.

"Operation Reassurance Land Task Force's participation in Polish Army training exercises demonstrates Canada's ability and willingness to work closely with our Nato allies and security partners."

Canadian Defence Minister Jason Kenney said: "Operation Reassurance Land Task Force's participation in Polish Army training exercises demonstrates Canada's ability and willingness to work closely with our Nato allies and security partners in response to international crises in the region.

"These exercises also help the Canadian Army maintain a state of high-readiness to respond quickly and effectively across the full spectrum of operations."

Exercise Lancer Strike aims to boost interoperability of the Canadian and Polish forces, while also helping them to develop skills for operations in mountainous terrain for the Canadian Army and air mobility skills for the Polish Army.

During the exercise, Canadian Land Task Force members would participate in live fire ranges, tactical training, as well as aircraft mounting/dismounting and safety drills. The exercise is scheduled to conclude on 29 June.

Besides enabling the country to strengthen operational readiness and interoperability with its Nato allies and security partners, joint training exercises such as Lancer Strike also strengthen Nato's collective capability to respond in a timely and effective manner to an array operational contingencies in Central and Eastern Europe and worldwide.

As part of Operation Reassurance, the Canadian Government is providing military capabilities for training, exercises, demonstrations and assigned Nato tasks based on the principles of defence, deterrence and de-escalation.