Exercise RIM OF THE PACIFIC (RIMPAC) brings Pacific nation militaries together to train-Video

Video / January 9, 2019 / Project number: 18-0118

(Soldiers charge out of an armoured vehicle on to a beach)

(Lieutenant Davy Ackerman)

I’m Lieutenant Davy Ackerman, Reconnaissance Platoon Commander at 2nd Battalion, Royal 22e Régiment.

(Soldiers enter a building, rifles drawn.)

And I’m here at Marine Base Camp Pendleton, Southern California for Exercise RIMPAC 2018.

(The scene returns to Lt Ackerman, who stands in front of a metal building with clotheslines hanging from it. Draped over the lines are various pieces of military uniform.)

Our amphibious training with 1st Reconnaissance has been a gradual training session.

(A rigid-hulled inflatable boat, also called a RIB, with several soldiers aboard moves towards the shore. The soldiers jump into shallow water and walk the boat toward land).

We started off with some small boat operations. Just got out on the water in their RIBs. They showed us how they operate them. Conducted some surf passages where you take the RIB from the ocean in to the shore, beach it, turn it around and come back, which was a lot of fun since they had some pretty good waves that day.

(Soldiers wade and swim through the water, wearing rucksacks and with rifles drawn.)

We then also spent a lot of time swimming in the ocean with rucksacks. We do a lot of swimming in Canada, but not with these kind of waves. So it was definitely a good experience for the guys.

(A helicopter hovers over the ocean.)

Another type of training we’ve been doing with 1st Recon is helocasting. We’ve been jumping out of their Sea Stallions along with the RIB.

(A boat is dropped out of the helicopter. Several soldiers also jump into the water.)

This is pretty exciting training for my platoon as usually in Canada when we helocast, we don’t jump out with a boat. Obviously, this makes it a great insertion method.

(Soldiers move away in the boat.)

We can be dropped off miles away from the shore and then we have a boat we can use to bring us closer to the shore more discreetly.

(The scene shifts to a shooting range. A sniper fires a rifle downrange.)

We also conducted a sniper range and a tactical shooting range.

(Several soldiers fire their rifles at their targets.)

For two days, we had some guests join us, including some Mexican snipers and some American sharpshooters from the Marine Battalion that we’re training with.

(Scene shifts between close-ups of different countries’ soldiers firing their rifles downrange.)

During this training, we had our Canadian snipers share our knowledge and skills with the Mexican snipers, as well as the American sharpshooters.  And the tactical shoot was a great opportunity to shoot some lead downrange for my platoon.

(Lt Ackerman is on screen again.)

During Exercise RIMPAC 2018, we’ve been working with U.S. marines and Mexican marines.

(Soldiers dive off a platform into a pool.)

In a lot of things, we have a lot of similarities in how we do things.

(A sniper team is seen lining up a shot. The scene moves to a group of four soldiers, rifles drawn, walking through an area covered in smoke.)

But we also have some differences, so it’s been interesting to talk with them, figure out why they do some things the way they do, and explain why we do things the way we do.

(The Canadian Army watermark appears onscreen.)



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