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Friday, April 15, 2016

CAF personnel deploy to Morocco for Exercise AFRICAN LION

DND Press Release 

From April 18 to 28, 2016, members from the Canadian Army will be supporting UN-mandated training activities taking place in Agadir, Morocco, during Exercise AFRICAN LION 2016.

Nine Canadian Armed Forces officers, including members from the Canadian Army, will be working with participants from 11 nations to advance multinational interoperability and capacity building in the context of peace support following a potential regional crisis.

Representatives from Belgium, Germany, Italy, Mauritania, the Netherlands, Spain, Senegal, Tunisia, the United Kingdom, and the United States are anticipated to participate in various field training and command post simulations in Exercise AFRICAN LION 2016.

“Canada’s participation in Exercise AFRICAN LION 2016 demonstrates our commitment to preserving peace and responding to humanitarian crises world-wide," said Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan. "As members of a United Nations-mandated task force, Canadian Armed Forces representatives will apply their exceptional skills and expertise to help enhance interoperability among our allies and build critical capacity among participating nations.”

Exercise AFRICAN LION is the largest multinational exercise on the African continent and involves land, air, and naval contingents. It aims to test joint, interagency, and multinational partner ability to conduct peace operations and enhance regional relationships.

This type of training provides an opportunity for the Canadian Army to reinforce cooperation with multinational forces, strengthen its defence capabilities, maintain strategic posture, and prepare to respond to crises on the African continent.

Activities during Exercise AFRICAN LION 2016 will include crisis action planning and operations in accordance with UN standards for peace operations, such as the protection of civilians and countering gender-based violence and illicit trafficking, as well as training participating nations in the laws of armed conflict.