Department of National Defence

Department of National Defence

November 04, 2013 17:00 ET

British Army Training to Remain in Alberta

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Nov. 4, 2013) - Following a long and detailed look at the best location for the British Army to deliver its Future Training Plan, the United Kingdom (UK) has decided to continue its training at the British Army Training Unit Suffield (BATUS) in Alberta for the foreseeable future.

Since 1972, the Province of Alberta and Canadian Forces Base (CFB) Suffield have provided a premiere location for the British Army to train their personnel. BATUS is equipped with an excess of 1000 vehicles including a full complement of Challenger 2 tanks and Warrior Infantry Fighting Vehicles.

Five Battle groups, each containing approximately 1400 soldiers, are trained at BATUS each year for up to 30 days at a time. Exercises are split into two phases: live fire and simulation.

"British Army Training Unit Suffield has been training at Canadian Forces Base Suffield for more than 40 years, and we are delighted and fully supportive of the UK decision to remain in Canada," said the Honourable Rob Nicholson, Minister of National Defence. "Canadian Forces Base Suffield and BATUS have an excellent working relationship and continue to find effective ways to deliver world class training."

The size of the training area located within CFB Suffield allows all elements of a combined arms battle group (Infantry, Armour, Artillery, Engineers, Air Defence, Logistics and Equipment Support) to conduct realistic live firing training at all levels and to practice sustaining this activity over a long period of time.

Over time, BATUS has also developed long standing and fully supportive relations with the local community. Today's announcement is excellent news for BATUS, CFB Suffield, neighbouring communities, and the regional economy.

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For more information on BATUS please visit CFB Suffield web page.

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