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8 Wing Air Force part of multi-national exercise at Brazil

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Two CC-130J Hercules aircraft and more than 40 members of the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) at  8 Wing Trenton are participating in a key Latin American multinational exercise in Natal, Brazil.

A Brazilian senior officer speaks to exercise participants including the delegates from the Royal Canadian Air Force during CRUZEX FLIGHT 13 in Natal, Brazil. Photo:  Cpl Precious Carandang, 8 Wing Imaging

A Brazilian senior officer speaks to exercise participants including the delegates from the Royal Canadian Air Force during CRUZEX FLIGHT 13 in Natal, Brazil. Photo: Cpl Precious Carandang, 8 Wing Imaging

They join 3 Wing Bagotville, and 1 Canadian Air Division, as well as the Canadian Army Advanced Warfare Centre, Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry (PPCLI) and the 3rd Battalion of The Royal Canadian Regiment (3 RCR)  in CRUZEX FLIGHT 13,  from Nov. 2-15.

“We are honoured to have been invited to participate in this premiere multinational training event,” said Colonel David Lowthian, Commander of 8 Wing Trenton.  “Our participation in CRUZEX FLIGHT 13 is part of our Global Engagement Strategy, which fosters a spirit of cooperation, understanding, and mutual respect between partner nations.”

Nine allied countries are participating in this year’s exercise:  Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Uruguay, U.S.A., and Venezuela.

During CRUZEX FLIGHT 13, the RCAF will have the opportunity to exercise transport missions in conventional war scenarios in a combined environment, exchange doctrinal procedures, and upgrade training levels of aerial units participating. The CC-130J will be used as a transport platform to parachute United States Air Force and Brazilian Air Force members into a robust tactical environment, demonstrating the spirit of mutual trust and cooperation.

“In this exercise, our team will be able to validate our knowledge and skills in a combined, robust training environment,” said Lieutenant-Colonel Mark Goulden, Commanding Officer of 436 (Transport) Squadron and RCAF Detachment Commander. “Exercises such as CRUZEX FLIGHT 13 are valuable as we get to work with our allies under realistic training scenarios, exchange best practices, and learn how we can better operate with other nations’ militaries.”

In addition to flying tactical missions, the CC130 J model Hercules crew will also engage in academic discussions regarding the use of Night Vision Goggles, building relationships with partner nations.

 

8-wing-in-brazil-remembranceNATAL, BRAZIL – Over 40 members of the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) from 436 (Transport) Squadron out of 8 Wing Trenton, 3 Wing Bagotville, and 1 Canadian Air Division, as well as the Canadian Army Advanced Warfare Centre, Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry (PPCLI) and the 3rd Battalion of The Royal Canadian Regiment (3 RCR), who are currently deployed in Brazil, paused in a solemn act of Remembrance at the Brazilian Air Base in Natal on November 11.

“Today is a solemn moment for all us,” said Lieutenant-Colonel (LCol) Mark Goulden, Commanding Officer of 436 Squadron and the RCAF Detachment Commander in Brazil. “We remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice in conflicts and their sacrifices shall never be forgotten.”

During the simple ceremony held at the aircraft maintenance hangar, Chief Warrant Officer (CWO) Stuart Preston from 436 Squadron played “The Last Post” and the poem “In Flanders Fields” was solemnly recited.

“The two-minute silence gave us the opportunity to Remember those who came before us,” said CWO Preston. “This day is meaningful and important for all of us.”

The RCAF, with two of its CC-130J Hercules aircraft, is currently participating in CRUZEX FLIGHT 13, a key Latin American multinational exercise, from 2-15 November 2013 in Natal, Brazil, along with allies from Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Uruguay, U.S.A., and Venezuela.

“Wherever we go to carry the load, we will Remember them,” said LCol Goulden.

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