Western Canadian soldiers prepare to deploy to Ukraine

Article / June 30, 2016

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JTF-U Public Affairs

Throughout late June, roughly 200 soldiers from Western Canada are completing pre-deployment training in Shilo, Manitoba, in preparation for Operation UNIFIER Rotation (Roto) 2.

Operation UNIFIER is Canada’s contribution to support Ukrainian forces through capacity building, in conjunction with the United States, the United Kingdom and other countries providing similar training assistance. The men and women of Roto 2 are primarily coming from the 2nd Battalion, Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry, and 1 Combat Engineer Regiment.

 “This rotation will continue and build on the high standard of quality training that has been already been delivered by the 1st Battalion, Royal Canadian Regiment, and the 3rd Battalion, Royal 22e Régiment,”  said Lieutenant-Colonel Wayne Niven, the incoming Commander Joint Task Force Ukraine (JTF-U). "Joint Task Force Ukraine."  “While we will share our best practices with our Ukrainian partners, we also have plenty to learn from them given the diversity of combat experience between our two armed forces.” 

Quickly switching gears from Exercise MAPLE RESOLVE, the Canadian Army's largest and most complex exercise that confirmed the readiness of 1 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group as a whole in early June, the members of JTF-U are now focusing on Theatre Mission Specific Training (TMST) to be ready for the challenges of Op UNIFIER. The TMST includes items such as Cultural and Language Awareness, Preventative Medicine, Mental Readiness, and Security Force Capacity Building. 

With the transfer from Roto 1 to 2 in August quickly approaching, the members of JTF-U Roto 2 continue to prepare, sharpening their skills so they can in turn assist the Ukrainian Armed Forces improve their survivability and lethality during operations.

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