Army hosts NATO diving exercise in New Brunswick

Soldiers on a small boat performing a rescue exercise with divers.
Exercise ROGUISH BUOY 2018 aims to provide a collective training vehicle for the Canadian Army to ensure that divers are able to work with other NATO Combat Divers. Photo: 5 CDSB Gagetown

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Canadian Army divers, along with divers from respective NATO partner nations are participating in Exercise ROGUISH BUOY 2018.

The exercise is taking place at 5th Canadian Division Support Base Gagetown (5 CDSB Gagetown) Range and Training Area near Lake George, New Brunswick from January 30 to February 12, 2018.

International participants include 24 divers from Belgium, France, Germany, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, and the United States. The exercise reaffirms Canada’s unwavering commitment to its long-standing alliances and partnerships as mentioned in Canada’s Defence Policy: Strong, Secured, Engaged.

“Dive operations are a vital capability in the Canadian Army as well as among Canada’s allies. Divers are used throughout the spectrum of conflict from peace keeping to combat operations. They require physical robustness and mental agility so it is not surprising that they are among the best soldiers in any force,” noted Colonel John Errington, Commander, Combat Training Centre.

This year, dive teams from around the world will carry out a series of activities that will test and challenge important dive skills such as vehicle recovery, search and rescue, and underwater demolition. Past editions of the exercise saw divers facing difficult conditions, including operating under ice.

Exercise ROGUISH BUOY 2018 is hosted by the Canadian Forces School of Military Engineering at 5 CDSB Gagetown. This annual Canadian Army Combat Diving training event is designed to prepare dive teams to expertly and safely undertake diving tasks in support of operations.

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