February 11, 2019 – KINGSTON, ON — Approximately 100 Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) members will conduct a training exercise in and around Comox, Campbell River, Quadra Island and Nanaimo from February 17 to March 1st, 2019.
This year, Vancouver Island has been selected for Exercise READY RENAISSANCE, the annual training of the Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART). This team is composed of Canadian Armed Forces members and can be deployed when natural disasters and emergencies happen outside Canada. Participants will conduct liaison and reconnaissance tasks in the area to exercise support to Global Affairs Canada (GAC) in a fictitious disaster scenario taking place abroad.
Canadian Armed Forces members may be dressed in civilian clothing or uniform and will carry identification at all times. The scenario does not include exercises with weapons or ammunition. Civilian rental vehicles will be used to transport members. The Maritime Coastal Defence Vessel HMCS Nanaimo will also participate to a portion of the exercise and might be seen from shore.
This type of training is necessary to prepare Canadian Armed Forces and Government of Canada to response to a disaster that may occur in the world. The Canadian Armed Forces appreciates the public support in this matter.
Major Gabriel Rousseau, Public Affairs Officer
1st Canadian Division, Kingston, Ontario