The Canadian Forces Naval Security Team is on its way to the Okanagan as they prepare for what's called defender navigation and tactical training.
“Right now we're towing a fleet of defender boats with us to train for eventual deployments of assets,” says spokesperson Sub-Lieutenant Wilson Ho.
The Naval Security Team is transporting four defender boats from CFB. Esquimalt to the Kelowna Yacht Club where they will set up a base of operations for their exercises.
The public may see an increased military presence on Okanagan Lake this Tuesday and Wednesday. Ho says the public is encouraged to stop and say hello.
“Members of the public, if they've got questions or they're just curious, they're more than welcome to come by and take a look.”
Today, the Naval Security Team will be transporting 4 x Defender Boats to Okanagan Lake for an exercise. Members of the public may see an increased military presence onboard BC Ferries and along the Trans-Canada Highway while the convoy makes its way to Kelowna. pic.twitter.com/F4XNOJlHpi— MARPAC-JTFP / FMARP-FOIP (@MARPAC_FMARP) July 4, 2022
Naval Security Team members will be training to provide support for Royal Canadian assets, wherever they are deployed, and will include 20 navy support personnel, crew members and coxswains.
The team will also have a booth set up at the Yacht Club for recruiting new team members Tuesday and Wednesday between 3 and 5 p.m.
The Canadian Forces Naval Security Team will be all over Okanagan Lake and will be making stops in Vernon and Penticton as well.