Department of National Defence

Department of National Defence

November 29, 2013 10:00 ET

Canadian Army Participates in Amphibious Exercise Along the Coast of New Zealand

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Nov. 29, 2013) - Canadian Armed Forces soldiers from the 2nd Canadian Division based in Quebec completed their participation in Exercise Southern Katipo 2013 which ran from November 4 to 29, along the coast of New Zealand. This amphibious exercise brought together military forces from Australia, France, New Zealand, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, Singapore, Tonga, the United Kingdom and the United States of America.

"Multi-national exercises such as Exercise Southern Katipo 2013 allow our soldiers to hone their skills and knowledge," said Lieutenant-General Marquis Hainse, Commander of the Canadian Army. "The Canadian Army's goal is to further strengthen interoperability with allied forces in the context of an amphibious operation while increasing our readiness and flexibility to respond to a myriad of challenges."

The exercise scenario, which required international forces to help restore peace, security and law to a deteriorating state, focused upon the operational planning, execution and command and control of a deployed Combined Joint Task Force. It was a challenging amphibious landing, with an emphasis on interoperability between maritime, air and land assets. The Canadian Army troops took part in a number of activities such as air-land operations, force protection, and non-combatant evacuation operations.

All 10 nations contributed a total of 2200 members to participate in the exercise, including approximately 1500 army troops, vessels and aircraft. This was the first Canadian Armed Forces involvement in Exercise Southern Katipo. The platoon-sized force of 32 soldiers, drawn primarily from 5 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group, based at CFB Valcartier, included staff officers and exercise enablers from the 3e Bataillon, Royal 22e Régiment, 5e Régiment d'artillerie légère du Canada and 5e Régiment du génie de combat.

"This exercise represents a valuable collective training for our soldiers in an international setting," said Brigadier-General Jean-Marc Lanthier, Commander of the 2nd Canadian Division. "I am very pleased that our soldiers had this opportunity to build on their existing skills."

Exercise Southern Katipo 2013 is the largest ever joint international military exercise to be held in New Zealand. Initially, the exercise was to take place in February 2011, but following the devastating earthquake that hit Christchurch that year, it was postponed. It is scheduled to continue on a biennial basis.

Notes to the Editors: For more information on the 2nd Canadian Division web page.

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