Military Exercises in Region
Wednesday, October 3, 2012 12:23 PMby
About 60 soldiers will take part in evacuation training in Owen Sound and Kincardine.
Canadian soldiers with the 1st Division from CFB Kingston are conducting training exercises in Owen Sound and Kincardine this week.
Deputy Commander of the Joint Task Force, Major Steve Ovens, says they have about 30 personnel in Owen Sound, and another 30 in Kincardine, and they will wrap up "Exercise Ready Angle" this Thursday.
Major Ovens says this is an annual training exercise to ensure our troops can evacuate Canadians from another nation or state that might be failing or in crisis.
He says this mission is tasked by the Foreign Affairs and International Trade Ministry.
Recently, international headlines were made when the US Ambassador to Libya, Chris Stevens, was killed in an attack on the US Embassy in that country.
But Major Ovens says this training exercise happens to be coincidence, as it is something they do every fall.
He says the military has to be ready to go at any time.
Their most recent mission was in 2011, when they evacuated Canadians in Libya to Malta.
Before that, a massive operation took place in 2006, when approximately 15-thousand Canadians were evacuated from Lebanon.