Canada Joins Poland for Ex MOUNTAIN WARRIOR

Canadian and Polish soldiers are currently undergoing mountain operation training.

Approximately 35 soldiers from the 3rd Battalion Royal Canadian Regiment (3RCR) have joined Poland’s 25th Air Cavalry Brigade Reconnaissance Compay in Trzclaniec, Poland to take part in Ex MOUNTAIN WARRIOR.

“Canada’s participation in multinational training opportunities such as Ex MOUNTAIN WARRIOR demonstrates our commitment to collective defence and our condemnation of the Putin regime’s aggression and its attempts to undermine the security and sovereignty of Ukraine. Canada and its international allies continue to project the strength of Allied solidarity in NATO states in Eastern and Central Europe.”

The Honourable Jason Kenney, Minister of National Defence

Ex MOUNTAIN WARRIOR is an annual exercise conducted by the Polish 25th Air Cav. It focuses on mountain operations in high altitude and cold environment. This year’s exercise will include live fire, airmobile insertions and survival scenarios.

Members of 3rd Battalion, The Royal Canadian Regiment (3 RCR) clear a building with the Polish Army during Ex MOUNTAIN WARRIOR in Trzcianiec, Poland on April 16, 2015.  Photo by: Land Task Element, DND (ISX2015-0007)
Members of 3rd Battalion, The Royal Canadian Regiment (3 RCR) clear a building with the Polish Army during Ex MOUNTAIN WARRIOR in Trzcianiec, Poland on April 16, 2015. Photo by: Land Task Element, DND (ISX2015-0007)

The joint training promotes interoperability between the two allies as well as collective training and operational proficiency. Ex MOUNTAIN WARRIOR will prepare Canadian soldiers for mountain operations and will test them during survival scenarios. Extended periods of time will be spent in the mountains and the soldiers will have to traverse steep mountain passes with mroe than 25 kilograms of equipment.

“Working bi-laterally with our Polish counterparts, our Canadian soldiers will practice mountaineering and tactical tasks in and around the Eastern Carpathian mountains. This is a unique and challenging training environment that will build on the light infantry’s ability to operate in the most austere environments.”

Major Jonathan Hubble, Land Task Force Commander

A member of 3rd Battalion, The Royal Canadian Regiment (3 RCR) rappels down a dam during Ex MOUNTAIN WARRIOR in Trzcianiec, Poland on April 16, 2015.  Photo by: Land Task Element, DND (ISX2015-0003).
A member of 3rd Battalion, The Royal Canadian Regiment (3 RCR) rappels down a dam during Ex MOUNTAIN WARRIOR in Trzcianiec, Poland on April 16, 2015. Photo by: Land Task Element, DND (ISX2015-0003).

Canada and Poland are multiplying joint exercises. Both countries have shared knowledge to enhance their soldiers’ ability to better perform during combat operations.

Canada’s Land Task Force element has conducted exercises throughout Europe to bolster its combat effectiveness. Ex MOUNTAIN WARRIOR is a great example of Canada’s ability to conduct combat operations in an austere environment and is conducted under Canada’s Operation RESSAURANCE.

Canadian and Polish soldiers during Ex MOUNTAIN WARRIOR.
Canadian and Polish soldiers during Ex MOUNTAIN WARRIOR.

Operation REASSURANCE “refers to the military activities undertaken by CAF to support NATO assurance measures through the provision of military capabilities for training, exercises, demonstrations and assigned NATO tasks.

Canada is a strong supporter of NATO and is committed to doing its part as a member of the alliance. In coordination with its NATO partners, Canada is continually looking for opportunities to contribute to peace and stability in Central and Eastern Europe and planning is ongoing for future activities related to Op REASSURANCE.”

Operation REASSURANCE is Canada’s response to Russia’s annexation of Crimea and the ongoing conflict in Eastern Ukraine. The Canadian Forces is also sending military advisors to Ukraine in May and will continue training Ukrainian soldiers until 2017.

Ex MOUNTAIN WARRIOR will last through the month of April.

 

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Jonathan Wade, CD

Jonathan Wade is the director of the ‘The Sentinel Analytical Group’ and a decorated veteran of the Canadian Forces. Specialized in tactical, strategic, intelligence and geopolitics analysis, Jonathan has a fondness for technical details. His military experience brought him valuable insight on the realities of conflicts and war. A combat veteran of Afghanistan, Jonathan brings in in-theatre experience. Jonathan writes about Russia, Canada and Arctic.