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Naval exercise in Thunder Bay area

The Naval Reserve will conduct a small boat exercise over the weekend in the port of Thunder Bay, the Kaministiquia River, and other local waterways.
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Members of HMCS Griffon participate in training activities in 2017. (File photo)

THUNDER BAY – Canada’s Naval Reserve will conduct a small-boat exercise in waterways around Thunder Bay over the weekend.

The exercise will not impact road or water access, but residents may notice additional military personnel in areas around the city, the Naval Reserve said in a statement Friday.

Dubbed exercise Waking Giant, the training activities will include pyrotechnic demonstrations, and could involve the use of unloaded firearms by military personnel, it noted.

The exercise, planned for Saturday and Sunday, will see participation from over 150 sailors, soldiers, and aviators from throughout the Canadian Armed Forces, as well as the Canadian Coast Guard.

It will be led by the local HMCS Griffon Naval Reserve Division.

The small boat Exercise will begin with a safe passage ceremony from Opwaaganisning First Nation, also known as the Red Rock Indian Band.

Activities will be conducted in the Port of Thunder Bay, Amethyst Bay, the Kaministiquia River, and Little Trout Bay, the Naval Reserve said.


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