Canadian Army opens new Leopard II main battle tank maintenance facility

25 April 2016 (Last Updated April 25th, 2016 18:30)

The Canadian Army has opened the new Leopard II main battle tank maintenance facility at 5th Canadian Division Support Base Gagetown.

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The Canadian Army has opened the new Leopard II main battle tank maintenance facility at 5th Canadian Division Support Base Gagetown.

Spread across an area of around 1,740m², the maintenance facility was built at a cost of $6.7m.

The new building features a conference room, washrooms, and three maintenance bays, as well as storage rooms for power packs, engines, small parts, petroleum, oils, and lubricants.

It also meets Green Globe standards, offering energy-efficient lighting, heating, boilers, ventilation and air-conditioning, as well as building automation systems.

5th Canadian Division Support Base Gagetown commander colonel Daniel MacIsaac said: "I am very pleased to officially open this new facility.

"This new facility will help ensure that the equipment our soldiers use on a daily basis remains safe and effective."

"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.''

The army has also upgraded concrete slabs for eight service bays in the existing building in order to hold the Leopard II.

Developed by German defence company Krauss-Maffei, the Leopard II allows Canadian soldiers to safely cross terrain that is impassable for wheeled vehicles.

The main battle tank provides troops with direct-fire capabilities for destroying obstacles.

Canada Defence Minister Harjit S. Sajjan said: "Our Leopard II Tanks are an important part of the Canadian Armed Forces and this new facility will help ensure that the equipment our soldiers use on a daily basis remains safe and effective as they support readiness training at home and operations abroad."


Image: The Leopard II main battle facility at 5th Canadian Division Support Base Gagetown. Photo: courtesy of Stephanie MacGillivray, Tactics School, 5th Canadian Division Support Base Gagetown.