Minister Anand and General Eyre visit CAF members and Allied participants of Exercise MAPLE RESOLVE 22
May 12, 2022 – Ottawa, Ontario – National Defence / Canadian Armed Forces
Today, the Honourable Anita Anand, Minister of National Defence; and Chief of the Defence Staff, General Wayne Eyre, visited 3rd Canadian Division Support Base Detachment Wainwright and met with CAF and Allied armed forces members who are participating in Exercise MAPLE RESOLVE 22 (Ex MR 22).
The Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) are engaged around the world in a number of military operations. Ranging from humanitarian assistance and disaster response to peacekeeping, CAF members ensure the safety of Canada and North America and support our partners and NATO Allies.
The CAF is committed to ensuring our members are always operationally ready and are interoperable with our partners and Allies. To this end, Ex MR 22, which is taking place from May 10 to 22, is the largest army-led joint force-on-force exercise of the year, which includes participation from the Royal Canadian Air Force, and our U.S. and British Allies.
Ex MR 22 validates the skills of Canadian Army deployable forces for contingency operations and tests the ability to integrate joint capabilities with multi-national forces. This exercise provides a unique opportunity to validate combat readiness and to support the Canadian Army’s operational commitments, and Strong, Secure, Engaged: Canada’s defence policy.
“In a world that has grown darker, our military must be prepared to respond to any threat. Exercises like MAPLE RESOLVE ensure that our military is able to fight and win while protecting the security of Canadians and our allies. I sincerely thank all personnel involved for their hard work to prepare for and participate in this exercise, which I was honoured to attend today.”
The Honourable Anita Anand, Minister of National Defence
“We live in an increasingly dangerous and unpredictable world. As events in Ukraine have shown us, the ability to integrate combined arms remains fundamental to success in battle. Collective training events such as Exercise MAPLE RESOLVE 22 provide the foundational skills necessary to address current and emerging security challenges, and are thus vital to our readiness.”
General Wayne Eyre, Chief of the Defence Staff, Canadian Armed Forces
Ex MR 22 challenges soldiers in an environment that closely models modern conflict, complete with simulated villages populated with professional actors, simulated media, and social media environments.
Approximately 1,800 members of 2 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group (2 CMBG), 680 U.S. Army, U.S. Army Reserve, and National Guard soldiers, and 20 U.S. Marines participated in or supported the exercise. Other participants include 150 members from the British Army and other enablers from the Canadian Army and Royal Canadian Air Force for a total force of more than 3,200 personnel.
The Canadian Manoeuvre Training Centre at 3rd Canadian Division Support Base Detachment Wainwright provides realistic and dynamic training. The Centre’s weapons effects simulation technology, purpose-built urban infrastructure, role-playing civilians and resident opposing force contribute to the Canadian Army’s readiness to conduct domestic and international operations in a variety of environments.
Office of the Minister of National Defence
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