B.C. military team prepares to put its skills to the test

A team of eight soldiers from Royal Westminster Regiment were in Chilliwack on Saturday training for the Canadian Patrol Concentration.

A team of eight soldiers from Royal Westminster Regiment were doing helicopter rappel training in Chilliwack on the weekend in preparation for Canadian Patrol Concentration

A team of eight soldiers from Royal Westminster Regiment were in Chilliwack on Saturday, training for the Canadian Patrol Concentration – a national competition that tests soldiers’ core and tactical skills.

That day, the group practised helicopter rappel training in Columbia Valley. Four soldiers rappelled at the same time down separate 90-foot ropes, as the other four were on the ground ready to gather the rappel lines once they were released from the chopper. The two groups of four then rotated jobs.

The CH-146 Griffon military helicopter was flow in from 408 Squadron in Edmonton for the training scenario that day.

Other techniques include shooting, ambush, navigation training, and avoiding detection.

The group is the only team that will be representing B.C. in the competition which takes place Nov. 21-24 in Wainwright, Alta.

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