Canadian soldiers deployed to Poland for Operation Reassurance

30 June 2015 (Last Updated June 30th, 2015 18:30)

Approximately 90 Canadian Army soldiers from 5 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group (5 CMBG) have arrived in Poland for Operation Reassurance, which represents Canada’s response to Putin regime’s aggression in Central and Eastern Europe.

Approximately 90 Canadian Army soldiers from 5 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group (5 CMBG) have arrived in Poland for Operation Reassurance, which represents Canada's response to Putin regime's aggression in Central and Eastern Europe.

The army is set to deploy 200 soldiers from 5 CMBG, a part of the 2nd Canadian Division, to Poland. The troops will take over Operation Reassurance duties from the 4th Canadian Division's 2 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group (2 CMBG) in the next one month.

During the six-month deployment, the soldiers will participate in a series of exercises to demonstrate the troops state of readiness and operational interoperability with Canada's Nato allies and security partners.

"Canada, together with our allies, stands with our Eastern European friends against any intimidation or military aggression."

Canadian Defence Minister Jason Kenney said: "Nato exercises, including Operation Reassurance, are designed to send a message that Canada, together with our allies, stands with our Eastern European friends against any intimidation or military aggression."

Canadian Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Minister Steven Blaney said: "Today's deployment of soldiers not only demonstrates our strong support to our allies, it also demonstrates the readiness and professionalism of our men and women of the Canadian Armed Forces."

Positioned in Central and Eastern Europe since May 2014, Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) personnel have participated in a series of collective training exercises and partnership engagements with allied forces.

Operation Reassurance represents the military activities carried out by the CAF such as training, exercises, demonstrations and assigned Nato tasks in support of the alliance's assurance measures in Central and Eastern Europe.