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Article / May 4, 2014 / Project number: 14-0070

Approximately 50 soldiers from the 3rd Canadian Division based in Edmonton, Alberta, comprised of a platoon from 3rd Battalion, Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry and support staff departed on May 2 for Poland. Their participation in this United States-led multinational exercise will include training in parachuting, airborne operations and infantry skills.

The Canadian Army has a strong military relationship with its Polish Allies, having trained with them on a number of occasions. Recently, Canadian and Polish parachutists trained together in Quebec during Exercise RAFALE BLANCHE from January 28 to February 5, 2014. Canadian soldiers joined American mentors in Poland to prepare a Polish headquarters to go to Afghanistan last October.

Canadian and Polish soldiers also participated in Exercise RAPID TRIDENT from July 8 to 9 in 2013. The Canadian Army also trained with Polish, Lithuanian and Ukrainian counterparts during Exercise MAPLE ARCH, most recently from September 9 to 20 in 2013.

The Canadian Armed Forces have been a major contributor to NATO operations since its founding 65 years ago. Canada continues to provide modern, deployable capabilities to Allied missions and highly trained personnel to its command structure.

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