Exercise Stalwart Guardian, 13-26 Aug 2016
Every August, Reserve soldiers in Ontario – including The Royal Hamilton Light Infantry -take part in a large-scale training confirmation exercise called Stalwart Guardian. Taking place at Canadian Forces Base Petawawa (north of Ottawa), a camp big enough for large-scale maneuvres, the exercise allows our soldiers to use a wide range of skills, from live-fire to amphibious warfare to helicopter insertions.
While the attached images are not specifically of the RHLI, they are representative of the training the Rileys undertook. Assault boat training (which is an RHLI specialty, often practiced on Hamilton Harbour), field-firing using live ammunition on special ranges, fighting in built-up areas, patrolling and heliborne insertions are common techniques for the RHLI. Many have been used in actual combat, notably in Afghanistan, and it is training that keeps these skills sharp!
Water simply provides another way to approach your enemy rapidly and without discovery. Large inflatable assault boats can carry a section of soldiers silently across water to launch an attack from an unexpected direction.
Photo credits: Private Kalabic, 48th Highlanders; Sgt Jean-Francois Lauzé, Garrison Imaging Petawawa
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