Kingston to Host Military’s Computer-Assisted Training Exercise

Published on: 2017/01/26 - in News Releases

This week, Kingston will host nearly 1300 Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) personnel who will be participating in Exercise UNIFIED RESOLVE 2017, the Canadian Army’s largest and most complex computer-assisted training exercise of the year.

The exercise will confirm the operational readiness of the Petawawa-based 2 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group headquarters and its units and enablers, as well as 450 Tactical Helicopter Squadron-led Tactical Aviation Detachment.

“Exercise UNIFIED RESOLVE is the key training event for the brigade headquarters on the Road to High Readiness. During the exercise, brigade staff will be tested and certified by the Canadian Army so they are ready to deploy on operations if the need arises,” said Colonel Peter Scott, Commander Canadian Manoeuvre Training Centre. “This year’s exercise will provide 2 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group headquarters with a realistic, synthetic exercise which will challenge the brigade and its subordinate units and enablers in their ability to plan and conduct full spectrum operations.”

The two-week exercise will simulate a Canadian Armed Forces response to a realistic situation, with participants responding to computer-generated scenarios by utilizing deliberate attacks, mobile defence, and humanitarian assistance.

Over 600 computers and all of the associated networking, cabling, and support personnel are being used in the Kingston exercise to be held between January 28 to February 10.

According to a government release, Exercise UNIFIED RESOLVE 2017 – hosted by the Canadian Manoeuvre Training Centre – ‘will provide Canadian Army soldiers, leaders, and other CAF personnel a unique opportunity to enhance their combat readiness by responding to realistic and contemporary threats in a joint, integrated, multinational, and national whole-of-government environment’.

Exercise UNIFIED RESOLVE is the first of a two-part exercise series a brigade undergoes as part of The Road to High Readiness. The second training event, Exercise MAPLE RESOLVE, will be held this spring.

Major Chelsea Braybrook and Captain Ian McNaught coordinate exercise details on a map during Exercise UNIFIED RESOLVE 2016. Photo: MCpl Brandon O'Connell, 3 Canadian Division Public Affairs

Top photo (Exercise UNIFIED RESOLVE 2015 at CFB Valcartier): MCpl Simon Duchesne, CAF