Maple Flag exercise significantly cut back but exact reasons why remain murky

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Maple Flag exercise significantly cut back but exact reasons why remain murky

Post by Enforcer on Thu 24 May 2018, 3:58 pm

This year’s Maple Flag exercise will run for only 12 days, less than half of time usually earmarked for the RCAF’s annual premier training event.

DAVID PUGLIESE, OTTAWA CITIZEN
Published on: May 24, 2018


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Post by Xenophon on Fri 01 Jun 2018, 3:51 pm

Largest Annual Military ExerciseFor Canadian Army

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Post by Forwardy on Wed 06 Jun 2018, 10:43 am

Reduced Maple Flag exercise reflects training needs and aircraft numbers, RCAF says

DAVID PUGLIESE, OTTAWA CITIZEN / June 05, 2018



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Post by JAFO on Wed 06 Jun 2018, 11:47 am

Ahhhhhhh sorta stupid assumptions when it's obvious it's about cost. Didn't the DND just recall sleeping bags and rucksacks?

Isn't this how the "Decade of Darkness" started when the Liberals were in charge in the 90's? Cut military spending to put the money somewhere else to buy votes.

Add this to the $2.3 Billion not spent by DND this fiscal year and this is where Trudeau is getting the big chunk of money needed to buy the Kinder Morgan pipeline.
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Post by Vizzer1 on Tue 26 Jun 2018, 7:08 am

Maple Flag a soaring success

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Re: Maple Flag exercise significantly cut back but exact reasons why remain murky

Post by Spider on Thu 13 Dec 2018, 7:30 am

December 12, 2018

Canada and its allies have held air force exercises in Cold Lake, Alberta for 40 years. Trudeau just cancelled them.

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Shocking news today. But I doubt it will get much press. Because the victims are the military, and Alberta — two things that the media party doesn’t really care for.

Every year, an air force training exercise called "Exercise Maple Flag" is held in Cold Lake, Alberta. Canadian pilots fly along with pilots from other NATO countries, especially our American allies, as well as non-NATO air forces, too, including places like Israel, Australia, New Zealand, even Singapore.

It’s not an air show. It’s as real as it gets. Obviously they don’t shoot each other down, but it’s not just a classroom simulation, or a flight simulator. It’s weeks long. They do air to air combat, air to ground combat. It’s probably the most important training a fighter pilot ever does. It's the key event for the Air Force.

And Cold Lake, Alberta is the perfect place for it. Mainly, because it’s huge. And also because of the landscape.

It's only been cancelled four times in forty years, when Canada has had a significant air force deployment overseas.

And Justin Trudeau just cancelled it — and not because we’re sending our air force off to war. But because he’s starved it of money.

Let me read from the Air Force’s press release:

The RCAF has decided to not conduct Exercise Maple Flag in 2019. The RCAF will use the opportunity to re-focus its resources to update the exercise’s mandate and to modernize the infrastructure used during the exercise. The RCAF will thereby ensure that Maple Flag remains focused and relevant to fighter operations in a dynamic and fluid battlespace, now and into the future.

Let me translate into English:

They don’t have the money or support. So they’re going to take a year off. Who knows, maybe more.

“Modernize the infrastructure used”. Perhaps it means that our fighter jets are so old that they can’t really integrate with our allies anymore. We’re flying CF-18s that we first acquired in 1983. Most pilots are younger than those planes.

The prime minister's luxury jet, on the other hand, is the one jet Trudeau will never scrimp on, will he?

Trudeau has given — just as a gift — a billion dollars to Bombardier. Not for air force jets, but to subsidize their corporate jets that they sell to foreign buyers.

Imagine if Trudeau gave the billion dollars, instead of to Bombardier, to our Canadian air force?

This is devastating to the RCAF. It’s devastating for morale; to its capacity to do its job; devastating to our role within allied air forces.

And devastating to Alberta, home of Cold Lake, where these exercises have been important for the community. (If this event was held in Quebec, they’d back up the truck with money.)

I don’t want to be dramatic. But is there a name, is there a word, for someone who systematically destroys our military, disable our ability to fight, denudes our soldiers of their equipment; underpays them, and humiliates them — while given tens of millions of dollars to confessed, convicted terrorists?

Is there a word for someone who does that...?


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