International delegation visits CFB Valcartier

Four members of the hosting and visiting military crews pose for an outdoor photo by a survival shelter.
Sergeant Yanick Leblanc, a member of the Royal 22e Régiment (R22eR) (third from left), shows his counterparts Canadian Armed Forces’ expertise in the rapid construction of survival shelters. Photo: Adsum

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By Édouard Dufour, Adsum

More than 20 military attachés participated in a protocol visit to Canadian Forces Base (CFB) Valcartier on February 8.

Lieutenant-Colonel Maureen Wellwood, Commanding Officer of the 2nd Canadian Division Training Center (2 Cdn Div TC), was on hand to welcome the visitors.

The military attachés came from fifteen different countries, including Australia, the United Kingdom, South Korea, and the United States. Under supervision, they were able to operate service weapons of the Canadian military.

“Most aren’t familiar with the weapons used in Canada. They don’t all have a background in infantry and may belong to different professions,” explained Second Lieutenant Olivier Trudel, who helped visitors at the firing range.

The visitors also attended a workshop on shelters assembled by Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) personnel in a winter environment. They were impressed by the warmth in the 10-person winter tent that was set up for the occasion.

The highlight of the event was the testing of the Tactical Armoured Patrol Vehicle (TAPV) recently acquired by 5 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group (5 CMBG). C6 and C16 machine guns were mounted to the turret for the occasion.

“The guests appreciated being able to use our weapons, and had positive feedback about their experience,” concluded Captain Mathieu Dumas. The visit to CFB Valcartier ended with a friendly hockey game between the visitors and Canadian military members.

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