Canadian soldiers work with partners during Exercise SCORPION FURY 16.2 in Romania

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Article / November 9, 2016 / Project number: cjoc

Canadian, German, and Moldovan soldiers recently integrated with a Romanian brigade during Exercise SCORPION FURY 16.2 to train together. Approximately 30 Operation REASSURANCE Land Task Force (LTF) soldiers joined in the exercise, which took place from October 24 to November 3, 2016, in Cincu, Romania.

“Exercise SCORPION FURY 16.2 was an outstanding experience for the LTF soldiers,” said Alpha Company Commander Major Stephen Wyatt. “Not only did they get to train in a realistic battlespace, but they also received the invaluable experience of working at the tactical level building that ever-so-important element of interoperability among allied soldiers.”

The first week consisted of simulation scenarios followed by rugged training over the Romanian landscape. The practical portion reinforced the lessons learned during the simulation, resulting in successful dismounted operations. By week’s end, the last coordination points were finalized and troops transitioned into the main effort of the exercise, the defensive portion.

During this phase, below the grey skies, with the Carpathian Mountains behind them, the Canadians dug in alongside their NATO allies to take up their defensive positions. Readying their weapons as the targets went live, the NATO soldiers opened up with a ferocious eruption of fire. Bullet tracers, explosions and smoke dominated the windswept hillside in the Romanian Land Forces Combat Training Center "Getica” as allies executed a precise live fire exercise in mutual support of one another.

The final day of coordinated ranges showcased a battalion-level live fire exercise with over 400 NATO soldiers firing in coordination with artillery and armoured supporting fire. This impressive demonstration of soldiering tactics and combat equipment included the use of PUMA helicopters, MIG-21 Lancer fighter aircraft, newly-acquired F-16s and a C 27 J SPARTAN transport plane, from which Romanian Paratroopers jumped. The Romanian Minister of National Defence, Mihnea Motoc, was on hand to see the Canadians in action alongside his troops. 

LTF members were also treated to a special Romanian cultural day. Through the Getica staff, Romanian guides provided a tour of the impressive 14th century Fagaras Fortress, and also took the team to one of the inspirations for the castle in Bram Stoker’s novel Dracula—Bran Castle in Transylvania.

Exercise SCOPRPION FURY 16.2 is one of a series of exercises in which Canadian soldiers are participating in during Operation REASSURANCE, the military activities undertaken by the Canadian Armed Forces to support NATO assurance and deterrence measures through the provision of military capabilities for training, exercises, demonstrations and assigned NATO tasks.

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