3 PPCLI Train at 19 Wing
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Canadian Forces Base Comox: The Totem Times
Members of B Company, of the 3rd Battalion, Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry parachuted into Comox on April 28 as part of a training exercise.
Located at Edmonton Garrison, the seventy-three 3 PPCLI jumpers parachuted into Comox in two lifts—the first just after noon, and the second just after 3 p.m. They prepared for their jump in Abbotsford, B.C.
They jumped with their helmets, rifles, and rucksacks, also known as an “equipment jump,” carrying most of the gear they would need to sustain themselves for a couple of days once they reached the ground. While most of the jumpers landed on the grass, a few had a rough landing to Comox, landing on the runway.
A NOTAM was issued to ensure there was no other air traffic in the area while the jumps were conducted, and the training was scheduled to have no impact on commercial flights.
3 PPCLI is the only light infantry battalion in western Canada. The role of an infantry battalion is to close with and destroy the enemy. They train to do this through a variety of insertion methods—including parachute, helicopter, vehicle, boat, and by foot—and in a variety of complex terrains that would prove difficult for mechanized forces.
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