Western Canadian soldiers deploy and return under Operation UNIFIER in Ukraine

News Release

March 3, 2017 – Edmonton, Alberta – National Defence / Canadian Armed Forces

Approximately 200 Canadian Army soldiers from 1 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group (1 CMBG) headquartered in Edmonton, Alberta, will be departing for Ukraine as part of Operation UNIFIER, beginning today, until the middle of March. 

Troops from Lord Strathcona’s Horse (Royal Canadians) along with members from across 1 CMBG will relieve fellow brigade members and continue delivering military training under Canada’s efforts to assist the Government of Ukraine. Soldiers from 1 CMBG who are currently deployed will be returning to Canada over the coming weeks.


Additional Multimedia

Brigadier-General Simon Hetherington, Commander 3rd Canadian Division, shakes hands with a deploying member of Operation UNIFIER on March 3, 2017 at the Executive Flight Centre in Edmonton. Operation UNIFIER is Canada’s contribution to support Ukrainian forces through capacity building, in coordination with the U.S. and other countries providing similar training assistance. Photo by: MCpl Gerald Cormier, 3rd Canadian Division PAO copyright 2017 DND/MND Canada
Members of 3rd Canadian Division depart from the Executive Flight Centre in Edmonton, as part of Operation UNIFIER in Ukraine on March 3, 2017. Operation UNIFIER is Canada’s contribution to support Ukrainian forces through capacity building, in coordination with the U.S. and other countries providing similar training assistance. Photo by: MCpl Gerald Cormier, 3rd Canadian Division PAO. Copyright 2017 DND/MND Canada

Quotes

“My very best wishes go out to those deploying in continued support to the Ukrainian Armed Forces under Operation UNIFIER and I look forward to seeing those currently serving there return home for a well-earned rest with family and friends. Working together with our Allies, Canada is proud to assist Ukraine, and to maintain our commitment to this important training mission.” 

— Harjit S. Sajjan, Defence Minister

Quick Facts

  • Operation UNIFIER is part of Canada’s response to requests from the Government of Ukraine, where the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF), with support from Global Affairs Canada, is providing military training and capacity building to Ukrainian forces’ personnel to support Ukraine in its efforts to maintain sovereignty, security, and stability.

  • Canadian Armed Forces members showcase their expertise and professionalism as they provide military training that enhances peace support operations, interoperability, institutional capacity building, and professional development of Ukrainian Armed Forces personnel.

  • The focus of training is on tactical soldier training, also known as small team training, which consists of individual weapons training, marksmanship, tactical movement, explosive threat recognition, communication, survival in combat, and ethics training.

  • Other activities include:

    • Military police training consisting of Use of Force and Basic Investigative Techniques courses;
    • Medical training that provides casualty evacuation and combat first aid training;
    • Language training; and
    • Logistics system modernization.
  • Since the start of the mission in September 2015, more than 3100 Ukrainian Armed Forces members have participated in the training provided by the CAF.

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Department of National Defence
Phone: 613-996-2353
Toll-Free: 1-866-377-0811
Email: mlo-blm@forces.gc.ca


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