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The first 'CaMo' exercise in Belgium has started

(B2) About 900 French and Belgian soldiers and some 150 vehicles will maneuver together in the coming days in Wallonia, in the provinces of Luxembourg, Namur and Hainaut. Crews and vehicles arrive

(flow: Mil.BE – earth component – ​​selection B2)

This exercise called 'Celtic Uprise 2019′ is part of the brand new 'CaMo' partnership (= motorized capacity) signed between France and Belgium at the end of last year. Contract which provides not only for the purchase of 382 multi-role armored vehicles Griffon and 60 armored reconnaissance and combat vehicles Jaguar, but also a joint training, training and maintenance component. It is therefore a little more than an exercise: it is a test of equipment, training, and understanding between different bodies. The first phase began yesterday and today, with the gathering of units at the Marche-en-Famenne military camp, the explanation of the division of the different sequences. And the latest recommendations.

For more than a week (until September 27), the soldiers will train according to a fictitious scenario of a country in crisis during which they will carry out numerous tasks: patrols, securing sensitive points, escorting convoys, actions anti-terrorists, medical evacuations etc. The name of the exercise 'Celtic uprising' is not entirely coincidental. 300 Belgians and 300 French will make up the bulk of the force, each providing the equivalent of a sub-GTIA (joint tactical subgroup), as well as around a hundred soldiers who will play the role of spoilsport for the opposing camp and 300 others who ensure monitoring and evaluation of the exercise, logistics etc.

On the French side, we should find in the Belgian dirt roads and valleys units of the 152nd infantry regiment of Colmar (152nd RI the famous 'red devils') supported by the 5e dragoon regiment (5th RD), as well as elements of the 1st Sarrebourg infantry regiment (1st RI), the 68th African artillery regiment (68th RAA) and the 1st hunter regiment (1st RCh).


Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).

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