Winter warfare training at 5 Wing

Published on February 16, 2017

CB2017-02-0128 Members from the 3rd Battalion, Royal 22e Régiment are boarding a CC-130J Hercules at 5 Wing Goose Bay, Newfoundland and Labrador, on February 12, 2017 during Exercise Castor Boréal. Des membres du 3e Bataillon, Royal 22e Régiment embarquent à bord d’un CC-130J Hercules à la 5e Escadre de Goose Bay, Terre-Neuve-et-Labrador, le 12 février 2017 dans le cadre de l’exercice Castor Boréal. Photo by Corporal Danny Drapeau © 2017 DND-MDN Canada

©© 2017 DND-MDN Canada

This week about 600 soldiers from the 5th Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group based in Valcartier, Quebec, are taking part in Castor Boreal, a winter warfare training exercise held at 5 Wing Goose Bay.

According to a press release from the Armed Forces, during the training the troops test their ability to defend a strategic site. The exercise will also include joint operations with the Canadian Rangers and officers of the Polish army.

A major attack and defence simulation is being held at Goose Bay Airport with mock enemy troops parachuting in, and friendly troops taking position to defend the airport in order to maintain operations.

"This rapid deployment exercise in a subarctic climate will test the agility and battle inoculation of our soldiers during winter warfare operations,” said Lieutenant-Colonel Jean-Christian Marquis, Commanding Officer, 1st Battalion, Royal 22e Régiment. “It will also test the interoperability skills of participating units. I would like to emphasize the importance of the Royal Canadian Air Force's support during our operations. It serves as an excellent example of the synchronization of military capabilities and teamwork."

Driving snowmobiles, putting up a bivouac, conducting foot and mechanized patrols (short and long range), and carrying out winter combat operations are only a few examples of the manoeuvres conducted by the troops.

The concepts practiced include defending a complex hot spot, synchronizing air support for land operations, and leading, coordinating and planning a mission.