Canadian Patrol Concentration 2015 includes international teams for first time

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Article / December 3, 2015 / Project number: 15-0211

Wainwright, Alberta — Hosted by the Canadian Manoeuvre Training Centre (CMTC) of 3rd Canadian Division Support Base Edmonton from November 13 to 24, CPC 2015 provided an opportunity for Regular and Reserve Force soldiers from across Canada to competitively practice patrolling in an infantry reconnaissance patrol format. For the first time in the history of this event, Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States of America fielded teams.

For the first time in the history of this event, Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States of America fielded teams.

Whether taking part in Jungle warfare training in Malaysia, or patrolling in a Canadian prairie winter as part of the 3rd annual Canadian Patrol Concentration, members of the Royal Australian Regiment’s (RAR’s) 3rd Battalion demonstrate that they are versatile, agile and ready to fight.

We spent four weeks running the team through a tough training program in order to get our soldiers ready for this competition,” said Lieutenant Andrew Barlow of the 3rd Battalion, RAR. “We focused on honing basic infantry skills, spent a lot of time marching with heavy loads and did some specialized training with experts in mountainous terrain and cold-weather.

“The Canadian Patrol Concentration is a realistic training scenario and a testament to the Canadian Army’s resilience and fortitude,” said Lieutenant-General Marquis Hainse, Commander Canadian Army. “International participation underscores the value of this type of training and demonstrates the strong ties between our allies and the Canadian Army. I am convinced that participants found the concentration both challenging and rewarding.

Thirty-one patrols, consisting of eight members each, were required to travel on foot more than 35 kilometres in inclement weather and varied terrain to gather information on an active enemy, played by Canadian Army soldiers. As the patrols made their way through their mission, how the scenario unfolded depended on how each team conducted itself and how its members responded to challenges placed before them.

Not long before we came to Wainwright, we were training in 35 degree heat,” said Lieutenant Barlow. “Some of the team had just finished up three months of jungle warfare training in Malaysia, so training for a Canadian winter was a bit challenging.

“Some of the team had just finished up three months of jungle warfare training in Malaysia, so training for a Canadian winter was a bit challenging.”

Lieutenant Andrew Barlow of the 3rd Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment

Five of this year’s Australian team members have been identified for leadership positions when they return home. They will share their experiences with their peers to ultimately help improve patrolling within the RAR.

Located in Wainwright, Alberta, CMTC facilitates the design and execution of immersive collective training opportunities for the Canadian Army and the Canadian Armed Forces. This training provides a realistic and challenging full-spectrum, contemporary operating environment, which enables learning and confirmation for designated high readiness forces.

By Captain Graham Kallos, Canadian Manoeuvre Training Centre Public Affairs

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