12 RBC To Conduct Urban Cold Weather Exercise

4 02 2011
from David Pugliese’s Defence Watch by Dave Pugliese

Press release from the Army:

VALCARTIER GARRISON, QC, Feb. 3  – More than 250 soldiers from 12e Régiment blindé du Canada (12 RBC) will travel Portneuf and La Jacques-Cartier areas as part of a winter exercise from February 7 to 11, 2011.

Many scenarios will be performed to develop crew skills of armored reconnaissance during urban operations. Soldiers will be able to simulate patrols in vehicles or on foot, as well as convoy escorts. Observation posts and checkpoints in traffic will also be established for training purposes.

Throughout training, pyrotechnic material, such as small flares, may be used. Despite the previous, all efforts will be made to minimize potential impacts to people and on the environment.

Exercises in urban areas allow the public to see military personnel in action. Moreover, soldiers would like to thank the local population for their greeting.

Background

The 12e Régiment blindé du Canada (12th Armoured Regiment of Canada) is a Canadian Forces armoured regiment based in CFB Valcartier, on the outskirts of Quebec City. The regiment has both Regular Force and Primary Reserve components.

The 12e Régiment blindé du Canada’s abbreviation is 12e RBC. Both the regular and militia regiments serve mainly in the armoured reconnaissance role but a squadron of tanks is now being formed out of Valcartier.

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