CORNWALL, Ontario – In an interview with Cornwall Seaway News the Department of National Defence (DND) confirmed that they had conducted a military training exercise in Cornwall at night on Tuesday, April 10, 2018.
The exercise included low-flying helicopters along the City of Cornwall’s waterfront as well as forces on the ground.
“Members of the Canadian Forces were conducting valuable training exercises in an urban area which lends realism,” said Capt. Jamie Donovan, Public Affairs Officer with the DND.
It is because of this commitment to realism, that a general public notification about the exercise was not released.
Capt. Donovan explained that only the Cornwall Community Police Service, Cornwall City Hall and the Mohawk Council of Akwesasne were informed of the exercise.
Donovan went on to explain that while it might be unusual in Cornwall, this type of training is common in other parts of Canada.
He said that the training exercise was now over, and that the department would be reviewing its policy of not releasing a general notification for future exercises. He said that the DND apologized for any disruption or concern they may have caused to citizens who were unaware of what was going on.
Donovan said that he could not comment on what units were involved in the exercise or from which bases they were from.