View Full Version : Canadian Forces can't redeploy overseas for a year due to Afghan pullout

05-12-2011, 10:22 PM
KANDAHAR, Afghanistan Canada's ability to deploy its combat forces overseas will be impeded for more than a year due to the complexity of repairing and repatriating huge quantities of gear at the end of the current combat mission, the commander of the army says.

"We are planning to be reconstituted to a level of deployability by November 2012," said Lt.-Gen. Peter Devlin during a briefing on how to move tons of helicopters, ammunition, heavy armoured vehicles and about 1,000 sea containers of equipment back to Canada. "We will have the means, by December 2012, to deploy a capable task force not of this size to respond if the government of Canada wants to commit us."

When calculating the time it will take for Canadian Forces to return to full operational strength again, the general said it was necessary to also consider that its fleet of light armoured vehicles (LAVs) is slated to be upgraded over the next few years at a factory in London, Ont.

The de facto operational pause would also give combat troops much-needed time at home after multiple Afghan tours, and as well as a chance to attend courses that have in some cases been missed for years because of Afghan duty.

After Devlin completed his final battlefield circulation with troops from the Royal 22nd Regiment, who are still fighting the Taliban to the west of Kandahar City, the commander of Canada's follow-on training force, Maj.-Gen. Mike Day took over responsibility Thursday in Kabul for the NATO mission that is training the Afghan army.

"I have inherited a machine that since the start of the Second World War is unparalleled in its ability to create an army," Day said in an interview. "This is an industrial-level effort by the Afghans to recruit their people, bring them together as a national institution, field them and employ."

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05-12-2011, 10:24 PM
It must be nice having the worlds most powerful military defending your own shores for you.

05-12-2011, 10:52 PM
It must be nice having the worlds most powerful military defending your own shores for you.

I was just thinking . . . it's time to: