Military exercise planned for may

Upcoming military exercises are expected to result in an increased Canadian Armed Forces presence in the area.

National Defence issued announcements on Friday, advising that there could be more of a military presence on area roadways, as well as the sounds of small arms fire and an explosion from the Canadian Forces Base Meaford in the coming days.

Approximately 200 soldiers will be conducting a military road move between London and Meaford on May 6, as part of Exercise Lacplesis Pursuit, which is to run from Sunday to May 7.

During the time, residents can expect to see armoured and non-armoured military vehicles travelling north on highways 4 and 21, it said in an announcement from National Defence.

Soldiers will be uniformed and carrying personal and vehicle weapons, but will not be firing any ammunition or pyrotechnics. Drivers are advised to exercise caution and patience if they encounter military vehicles on highways, the announcement stated.

A separate announcement advised that the 1st Battalion Royal Canadian Regiment will be conducting training at CFB Meaford beginning on Tuesday and running until May 10.

From May 1 to 6, 150 soldiers from the 1st Battalion RCR will be conducting training and residents can expect to hear small arms fire during daytime hours.

From May 7 to 10, approximately 350 soldiers will be involved in Exercise Lacplesis Defender, and residents can expect to hear small arms fire and pyrotechnics. Training will occur throughout the day and night, and on the night of May 10, residents can expect to hear a controlled explosion from the Meaford training area, the advisory said.

Exercise Lacplesis Defender is being conducted to prepare the 1st Battalion RCR for their deployment to Latvia in July as part of Operation Reassurance, Canada’s contribution to NATO assurance and deterrence measures in Central and Eastern Europe, the announcement stated.

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