Department of National Defence

Department of National Defence

June 18, 2012 16:51 ET

Minister MacKay Announces Canadian Forces Participation in Exercise Africa Endeavor

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - June 18, 2012) - The Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence, today announced the Canadian Army will send 12 military members to participate in Exercise Africa Endeavor (Exercise AE 12) being held in Douala, Cameroon from June 18 to 27. Exercise AE 12 is an annual international communications exercise that focuses on interoperability and information sharing among African partners.

"I am pleased that Canada's military contingent participating in this exercise is supporting the capacity building of our partner nations in Africa," said Minister MacKay. "The Canadian Forces continue to show leadership in the world and our government will continue to support them in all they do."

Approximately 32 nations are expected to take part in this exercise, which is considered a flagship event. On April 30, participants from more than 30 African nations met with their Western counterparts from Canada, the Netherlands, and the U.S. in Accra, Ghana, to finalize planning for this significant training event. Those attending will include the African Union, the Economic Community of West African States, and the Economic Community of East African States.

Canadian Army participation serves to foster relationships first cultivated during Africa Endeavor 2011. The goal of Exercise AE 12 is to develop command, control and communication tactics, techniques, and procedures that can be used in support of humanitarian assistance, disaster relief, and peacekeeping missions. The exercise will touch on basic-to-advanced communications, setting up a communication network, testing of communications equipment to eliminate capability gaps, and a three-day interoperability exercise involving all participants.

Exercise AE 12 Imagery: http://www.combatcamera.forces.gc.ca/site/01/africaendeavor12/index-eng.asp

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