Ten members of Australia’s North-West Mobile Force (NORFORCE) are in Canada to take part in Exercise NORTHERN LIGHTS. The exercise started October 5 and runs until Oct. 21.
The exercise, hosted by the 4th Canadian Ranger Patrol Group, is a reciprocal training event where the two army units share best practices, training methods, procedures, and cultural aspects unique to both units.
The 4th Canadian Ranger Patrol Group has participated in training with NORFORCE since 2011. The last time the 4th Canadian Ranger Patrol Group hosted the Australians on Canadian soil was during Exercise NORTHERN LIGHTS in October of 2015.
o Cold weather training, mobility training and cultural experiences in Churchill, Manitoba;
o Equine mobility training in Quesnel, British Columbia;
o Wilderness survival training in Port Hardy, British Columbia; and
o Watermanship training on the west coast of Vancouver Island to include the Royal Canadian Navy’s Maritime Tactical Operations Group.
The 4th Canadian Ranger Patrol Group has over 1,000 Canadian Rangers covering a geographical area that includes northern and isolated areas of Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba and Saskatchewan. The Canadian Rangers are a subcomponent of the Canadian Army Reserve Force. Currently, there are about 5,000 Canadian Rangers organized into five Canadian Ranger Patrol Groups, spanning more than 400 communities across Canada.