By: David Pugliese, The Ottawa Citizen
Exercise ARDENT DEFENDER staged two counter-explosive threat scenarios in Meaford, ON, on October 10 and 11 as police and military personnel from a number of organizations tested their skills in dealing with explosive threats.
One scenario involved a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device at the harbour front and the other involved explosive devices found in a building and drew upon the HAZMAT response expertise of local emergency services, according to information provided by the Canadian military. Local, county, and regional emergency responders took part alongside Canadian and international soldiers and observers.
The exercise continues at CFB Borden and 4 CDTC Meaford until October 19. The exercise gives Canadian Armed Forces soldiers an opportunity to work with domestic and international partners in a series of realistic and challenging scenarios, according to the military.
Exercise ARDENT DEFENDER 2018 includes participation from various Canadian police agencies and other government departments, including Global Affairs Canada, the Ontario Provincial Police, the Peel Regional Police, the York Regional Police, the Niagara Regional Police, and the Sûreté du Québec. Other participants include the Canadian Coast Guard at Meaford Harbour Station), Grey-Bruce Regional Health Services and Hamilton Police Services. Various staff from the Municipality of Meaford are also involved.
Twenty-five nations are represented at the exercise and the NATO Centre of Excellence is hosting international doctrinal working groups at Canadian Forces Base Borden during the exercise, the Canadian Forces noted. Additionally, Defence Research and Development Canada has sent a number of defence scientists to the exercise to field test new technologies and to gain feedback from the soldiers and operators who use explosive ordnance search and disposal equipment.
Below are photos of the exercise, courtesy of the Canadian Forces: