Video / November 18, 2016 / Project number: 16-232-1


(Fades in to scene of tank with American flag firing in a wooded clearing)

(Cut to a rapid succession of shots with different tanks firing)

(Cut to scene of a tank driving over a dusty gravel road. Sound of engine and tank firing)

(Cut to Lieutenant-Colonel Vince Kirstein talking on camera)

Lieutenant-Colonel Vince Kirstein

Exercise Chief Judge

Exercise WORTHINGTON CHALLENGE is an international competition held here, in Gagetown, New Brunswick, which involves assessing skills at the crew level in terms of how well they work as a team as an armoured vehicle crew. 

(Music fades in)

(Scene of two G Wagons driving on a gravel road in the forest. One G Wagon quickly stops.)

(Cut to scene of soldiers carrying an injured soldier out of a G Wagon and practising first aid. The word” simulation” is in the top left corner of the screen)

(Voiceover) That doesn’t mean they are always working on their vehicle, but it assesses how they work as a crew – sometimes mounted, some cases dismounted.

(Cut to scenes of a small arms range with soldiers firing at targets)

(Voiceover) Participating in WORTHINGTON CHALLENGE are obviously teams from Canada, but also the United States, Denmark, Chile, and New Zealand. 

(Cut to scene of soldiers practising balance exercises on wooden beams)

(Cut to a tank and a G Wagon driving on flooded dirt roads)

(Voiceover) The international competition allows us to not only compete against one another, to build that sense of comradery, but also learn lessons from each other so that we can build on each other’s experiences.

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(Cut to scene of two tanks firing in a field.  The tanks have small Chilean flags)

(Cut to Second Lieutenant Lionel Correa on camera talking)

Second Lieutenant Lionel Correa

Crew Commander, Chilean Army

We did the shooting - two tanks operating at the same time.  We had two crews communicating between each other in one language, then with the tower in another language.  That was the coolest thing I’ve done so far.

(Cut to scene of two tanks firing in a field. Tanks drive away and continue to fire.)

We don’t have as much sight as we are used to back in Chile.  The north part, where we work, where our unit lies, it’s mostly desert and very dry desert.  So, I have a sight of 10 kilometres I can see perfectly.  But here, you have the trees and forest and the hills.  For example, your targets came much nearer than we are used to.  We are used to distances of over three kilometres. You guys have targets coming in from 700 metres, 1200 metres so we were very surprised about that.  I think we did well in shooting.

(Tank with an American flag drives down the road on the tank range)

Lieutenant-Colonel Vince Kirstein

(Voiceover) Exercise WORTHINGTON CHALLENGE not only helps train our soldiers and train international soldiers, but it highlights some of the challenges in dealing with other nations.  Some of our equipment isn’t compatible.  Some of our procedures aren’t compatible.

(Cut to close up of Lieutenant-Colonel Vince Kirstein)

So, working through those challenges actually helps prepare us for future tasks where we could be deployed in a coalition context.

(Cut to front shot of a tank with a Danish flag while it fires)

(Cut to close up of Lieutenant Colonel Thomas Fogh)

Lieutenant Colonel Thomas Fogh

Royal Danish Army

It’s a pretty good view of some of the countries in NATO and we can identify training gaps and procedures in order to make those lessons learned so we can increase our training level and put our focus on where we might have some of these gaps compared to other NATO countries.

(Soldier gets into a G Wagon)

Danish soldier (passenger):

Good morning

Canadian Soldier (driver):

Good morning

(A tank and G Wagon drive past the camera on a flooded road)

(Cut to close up of Colonel Craig Aitchison)

Colonel Craig Aitchison

Commander, Combat Training Centre, Gagetown

The relationship with our international partners is important.  We worked very closely with the U.S. Army on operations in the past. 

(Music fades in)

(Cut to scene of soldiers climbing through an obstacle course)

(Cut to scene of soldiers practising first aid on a wounded soldier. The word ”simulation” is in the top left corner of the screen)

(Cut to scene of armoured vehicle firing)

The Danes have shared a long relationship, in Afghanistan for example.  We’re emphasizing more and more our relationship army to army with Chile and of course New Zealand is part of the ABC Four Eyes nations.  And so, those relationships are all incredibly important and this is one of the ways that we advance them.

(Cuts to scene of armoured vehicle driving down range while firing.)

(Music fades out)

(Fade to black with Canadian Army tagline “Strong. Proud. Ready.”  in the centre of the screen.  The Canadian Army visual identifier is in the bottom right corner)

(Camera: MASTER CORPORAL Robert LeBlanc, CORPORAL Peter Ford, Corporal Geneviève Lapointe, CORPORAL Andrew Wesley, ORDINARY-SEAMAN Karine Gourlie, SENIOR AIRMAN Leon Bussey, Mike Munro)

(Fade to National Defence wordmark with copyright information: Her Majesty the Queen in Right of Canada, represented by the Minister of National Defence, 2016)

(Fade to Canada wordmark)

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