Canada’s Land Task Force participates in joint training exercise with Polish Army

June 17, 2015

OTTAWA – Approximately 35 Canadian Army soldiers are training with members of the Polish Army on Exercise LANCER STRIKE in Tomaszow Maz, Poland. The exercise is part of Operation REASSURANCE, Canada’s contribution to NATO’s assurance measures which were established as a confidence-building response in the wake of the Putin regime’s continued aggression toward Ukraine.

The soldiers from 3rd Battalion, The Royal Canadian Regiment, are training with the Polish 25th Air Cavalry Brigade from June 15-29. Exercise LANCER STRIKE will enhance the interoperability of Canadian and Polish Forces. It will also assist in developing skills in operating in mountainous terrain for the Canadian Army and air mobility skills for the Polish Army.

Quick Facts

  • Operation REASSURANCE refers to the military activities under taken by the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) to support NATO assurance measures for Central and Eastern Europe following the Putin regime’s aggressive actions in eastern Ukraine and its illegal and illegitimate annexation of Crimea. The measures provide military capabilities for training, exercises, demonstrations and assigned NATO tasks based on the principles of defence, deterrence and de-escalation.
  • During the exercise, members of the Canadian Land Task Force will participate in live fire ranges, tactical training, aircraft mounting/dismounting and safety drills.
  • Canada’s participation in joint training exercises like Ex LANCER STRIKE provides important opportunities to strengthen Canada’s operational readiness and interoperability with our NATO allies and security partners.  It also strengthens NATO’s collective capability to respond in a timely and effective manner to a variety of operational contingencies in Central and Eastern Europe and around the world.