The Canadian-led multinational battlegroup, under NATO’s enhance Forward Presence (eFP), has completed its Certification Exercise (CERTEX), at Camp Ādaži, in Latvia, according to the Department of National Defence. The completion of CERTEX confirms that the battlegroup meets NATO’s strategic directives and certifies multinational interoperability and combat effectiveness, the department noted.
While each nation conducted its own respective pre-deployment training, Canada was responsible for the collective certification of the battlegroup.
To plan and conduct CERTEX, the Canadian Army’s Canadian Manoeuvre Training Centre, based in Wainwright, Alberta, provided the personnel and expertise in partnership with sending nation partners, the DND added. “Using a combination of troop manoeuvres and simulation, soldiers were challenged and tested with a variety of scenarios,” according to the department.
Personnel from Albania, Canada, Italy, Poland, Slovenia and Spain are involved.
The Canadian Forces is contributing over 450 troops, the majority of which are from 3rd Canadian Division, based in Edmonton, Alberta, to the eFP battlegroup Latvia, including headquarters staff, an infantry company with Light Armoured Vehicles, military police, and logistical and communications support.
- NATO eFP battlegroups have also been established in Estonia, Lithuania, and Poland, and are led by the United Kingdom, Germany, and the United States, respectively.