Canadian Rangers




 
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February 2nd, 2013  
RusCan2013
 

Topic: Canadian Rangers



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The Canadian Rangers (often mistakenly called the Arctic Rangers) are a sub-component of the Canadian Forces reserve that provide a military presence in Canada's sparsely settled northern, coastal, and isolated areas. Formally established on May 23, 1947, a primary role of this part-time force is to conduct surveillance or sovereignty patrols (SOV PATS) as required. Some Canadian Rangers also conduct inspections of the North Warning System (NWS) sites and act as guides, scouts, and subject matter experts in such disciplines as wilderness survival when other forces (such as Army units of the Regular Force or Primary Reserve) are in their area of operations.

The Canadian Rangers are a volunteer force made up of Inuit, First Nations, Métis and non-Aboriginals; however, it is a common misconception that the organization is a First Nations entity. The ethnic make-up of the numerous patrols across Canada is entirely an accident of geography. Canadian Rangers are paid according to the rank they hold within their patrol and when present on operations or during training events.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canadian_Rangers



[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P8qAhbWnBeA"]Canadian Rangers in Nunavik undergo annual training - YouTube[/ame]

Probably the most interesting unit in the Canadian military lol
February 2nd, 2013  
BritinAfrica
 
 
I see you blokes still love the 303 Lee Enfield No4. Bloody good rifle.
February 2nd, 2013  
Rowan
 
 
Interesting parallel with our Canadian sister!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NORFORCE

http://www.army.gov.au/Who-we-are/Di...t-Mobile-Force

https://www.google.com/search?q=norf...MuqOmQWh3oCIDw

[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hy5YcsAhKw4"]US marines may train with Norforce - YouTube[/ame]
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February 3rd, 2013  
RusCan2013
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by BritinAfrica
I see you blokes still love the 303 Lee Enfield No4. Bloody good rifle.
Indeed. Surprised me too, I wondered why they don't use a more modern weapon. But, I suppose, if it works, why fix it? lol

Interesting. Not sure about Australia, since you guys are in the Southern part of the world lol But many of the Northern countries who are competing for (oil and natural gas rich) territory around the North Pole, are training now own units for Polar warfare. Besides the Canadian Rangers; you have the US Marines


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Norway has made massive investments in modernizing its Navy, including building five Aegis-capable frigates, and the country’s ground forces have started conducting the yearly Exercise Cold Response that involves more than 10,000 Norwegian and NATO troops, including U.S. Marines who practice cold-weather warfare.
http://www.aviationweek.com/Blogs.as...6-f75d00b6d2e0

Norwegian troops in Arctic exercise



Meanwhile, Russia fields the 61st Red Banner Naval Infantry [Marines] Regiment, which is trained for polar operations



3 new Russian Army Arctic Brigades are also being created, as a part of new Russian OGVA (Special Group of Forces Arctica), 50,000 men in total

http://maxpark.com/community/832/content/1641680

20 new Russian Border Defence Troops Outposts with 20 armed troops in each will be created in the Arctic by 2015, the first of them having already opened in August 2012

That's in addition to already existing outposts.
http://barentsobserver.com/ru/bezopa...-pogranzastavy

Russian Airborne Troops are also training a "Arctic Regiment" which could parachute into and quickly deploy to defend Russian polar territories


Both sides seem prepared to fight for the Arctic if necessary
http://www.acus.org/natosource/nato-...ctic-war-games

This all worries me. I hope it does not get "hot" in the Arctic in the coming decades...
February 3rd, 2013  
Capt Frogman
 
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by RusCan2013


Interesting. Not sure about Australia, since you guys are in the Southern part of the world lol But many of the Northern countries who are competing for (oil and natural gas rich) territory around the North Pole, are training now own units for Polar warfare.
Royal Marines have been doing artic training for years.

Happens every year around about this time. I went to Norway 8 times.
February 3rd, 2013  
AFSteliga
 
 
Good pictures of our northern Forces. Had a chance to work with these guys a few years back while I was up in Resolute, NU.

Quote:
Indeed. Surprised me too, I wondered why they don't use a more modern
weapon. But, I suppose, if it works, why fix it? lol
Fewer moving parts means fewer things to break or freeze. Plus, it's more for the wildlife than enemies.

Right out of the wiki:

While the bolt action Lee-Enfield has been out of general service in the Canadian military since the 1950s, it has proven to be reliable in the Arctic environment. Canadian Rangers carry the weapon primarily for subsistence and protection against predators rather than with the expectation of engaging an enemy force.
February 4th, 2013  
BritinAfrica
 
 
A mate of mine at my last operation station trained in Canada, he did say it was bloody cold.
 


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