06 XI 2017

Poland hosts multinational exercise

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Approximately 460 soldiers from Poland, Lithuania, Ukraine and Canada commenced Exercise MAPLE ARCH 2017 (Ex MA 17) on 5 November 2017.
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An opening ceremony was held on the parade square at Land Forces Training Area Dęba, Poland. The event marked the beginning of the training with the intent to present the exercise aims and objectives.


Exercise MAPLE ARCH 2017 will prepare the Polish 5th Podhale Rifleman Battalion, Ukrainian 1st Battalion of 80th Airborne Assault Brigade, and Lithuanian Great Duchess Battalion Headquarters, under the leadership of the Grand Hetman Kostiantyn Ostrogski Lithuanian-Polish-Ukrainian Brigade, in planning and execution of Peace Enforcement Operations with tasks ranging from monitoring of the situation to deliberate defence and offence actions in a multinational context. I wish all participants a successful exercise.”

Colonel Zenon Brzuszko, LITPOLUKRBRIG Commander (Poland)

“Exercise MAPLE ARCH 2017 enables participating nations to continue building and maintaining effective working relationships with friends and allies to better prepare for the complex global security environment in which we operate. We expect the staff officers from three participating armies - with the assistance of Canadian mentors - to reveal their creative and distinct approaches in addressing challenges they will face through a realistic exercise scenario.”

Colonel Volodymyr Yudanov Co-Exercise Director (Ukraine), Exercise MAPLE ARCH 2017

“Planning Exercise MAPLE ARCH 2017 in accordance with NATO standards has been incredibly rewarding over the past several months. Lithuania has worked side-by-side Poland, Ukrainian and Canadian armed forces and we have learned mutually from one another. Having the opportunity to experience   numerous cultural perspectives to problem-solving and decision making is the biggest benefit derived from a multinational training event.”

Colonel Eligijus Senulis, Chief of Staff, LITHPOLUKRBRIG (Lithuanian)

“Canada has been proudly participating in Exercise MAPLE ARCH since 1999 in a training and mentorship role. This event affords our members with a valuable collective training opportunity in an international context promoting cooperation and reinforcing strong bilateral defence relations contributing to our collective success.”

Lieutenant-Colonel Stephen Hale, Canadian Contingent Commander, Exercise MAPLE ARCH 2017

Quick Facts

  • Ex MA 17 is co-hosted by the Republic of Poland and Ukraine, the latter supported by Canada.
  • Ex MA 17 continues a series of annual exercises with contributions of personnel from the Polish, Ukrainian, Lithuanian, and Canadian armies.
  •  Ex MA 17 is a Command Post Exercise and Computer Assisted Exercise that will train and test the ability of forces to operate jointly via a computer-based training scenario.
  •  Ex MA 17 will create opportunities for the training of battalion leadership positions in a multi-national context.
  •  Ex MA 17 will improve coalition interoperability amongst the contributing nations in order to promote understanding and cooperation between military forces.
  • Ex MA 17 is a key training mechanism for the continued development of the LITPOLUKR Brigade.

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Media Relations- Lithuania/Poland/Ukraine


o.gain@ron.mil.pl, +48508272094


Media Relations- Canada

Major Lena Angell


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