Thursday, September 22, 2016

Amoured crews from Canada, U.S., Denmark, NZ, Chile to test their skills

By: David Pugliese, Defence Watch 

Armoured vehicle crews from five countries will participate in Exercise WORTHINGTON CHALLENGE 2016 which begins Friday at Gagetown, NB. The event will run until Sept. 30.

The Canadian military says 186 Canadian soldiers will participate in the exercise hosted by the Royal Canadian Armoured Corps School at 5th Canadian Division Support Base Gagetown.

The exercise will test a number of skills including direct-fire gunnery and tactical driving using the Leopard 2 main battle tank, Light Armoured Vehicle III and 6, and the Coyote Armoured Vehicle, according to the news release from the Canadian Forces.

Competing nations include: Chile, Denmark, New Zealand, the United States, and Canada. Observing nations will be: Australia, Poland, and the United Kingdom.

The WORTHINGTON CHALLENGE is named for Major-General Franklin Worthington, MC, MM, CD, who is considered the founder of the Royal Canadian Armoured Corps, the military noted in its release.
Members of 1st Regiment, Royal Canadian Horse Artillery and Lord Strathcona's Horse (Royal Canadians) advance on an objective with a Leopard 2A4 tank during live-fire Platoon level group attack during Exercise KAPYONG MACE at CFB Shilo, Manitoba on September 26, 2015.

Photo: MCpl Louis Brunet, Canadian Army Public Affairs
CAF Leopard 2 Tanks. CAF File Photo