By David Pugliese, Ottawa Citizen


Published: Tuesday, December 30, 2008


The Defence Department won’t start figuring out what to do with its Joint Task Force 2 commando base south of Ottawa for at least another year, says the head of the country’s special forces.

Col. Michael Day said an environmental assessment still has to be done for JTF2’s new home in Trenton, Ont. Once that is finished, along with the development of a more firm construction schedule for the new Trenton installation, then the department can start looking at the future of the facility near Ottawa known Dwyer Hill.

“I don’t think we’ll initiate the look for how we’re going to deal with Dwyer Hill until we have a better sense of the environmental assessment and the construction timeline,” Day said.


The department would likely turn its attention to determining the future of the Dwyer Hill Training Centre in another year to 18 months, he suggested. “I think it’s premature to look before then,” said Day, head of the Canadian Special Operations Forces Command.

JTF2, which expanded in the aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on the U.S., has outgrown the Ottawa installation.

The federal government announced in September the unit would relocate to Canadian Forces Base Trenton in eastern Ontario.

The process of dealing with the future of 80-hectare Dwyer Hill base will consist of two phases. One will be an examination of whether the Defence Department has a need for the counter-terrorism training facility.

Day said he doesn’t see the country’s special forces having a continued use for the base. “At the moment, I don’t predict an urgent need or an operational requirement to keep it . . . but again, we’re talking multiple years, so my situation may change,” he added.

Other organizations within the Defence Department could, however, indicate an interest in the base.

If the department doesn’t have a use for the facility it could then be offered to other government organizations. If no other department indicates an interest it could then be turned over to the Canada Lands Company, which handles the sale of federal properties.

Day said in a previous interview JTF2 could start moving out of its Dwyer Hill base as early as 2012 but the process could stretch on for several more years after that. Some elements of JTF2 could still be in Dwyer Hill as late as 2015, he suggested.


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  1. IS THE JACKAL SET TO BECOME JTF2’S NEW VEHICLE? - News and Opinion Blog of Blogs Says:

    […] CANSOFCOM is on the hunt for a new special operations vehicle and has drilled its search down to two candidates; a product from AM General, the makers of the Humvee currently being used by JTF2 and CSOR and Lockheed Martin offering the Supacat family (Lockheed Martin has received North American marketing rights for the Supacat vehicles, which are designed in the UK).The industry officials I have consulted on this say the documentation that was issued by Public Works/DND last year for the vehicle requirements appeared to favor the Supacat Jackal. However, CANSOFCOM is also happy with its AM General products and could go that route, since its unit often co-operates with U.S. SOF.The procurement calls for 80 special reconnaissance (SR) and 20 quick reaction (QR) vehicles. The SOIQ calls for a vehicle capable of accepting a main weapon, either a heavy machine gun or automatic grenade launcher. There will also be a general purpose machine-gun as a backup as well as secondary weapons. Also included is a smoke grenade launcher system.In a situation where two tires have been shot out, both the SR and QR variants must be able to keep moving under their own power at no less than 30 kph for at least 25 km. Mercedes and related German firms decided against throwing their Wolf (essentially a SOF outfitted G-Wagen) into the ring as the stated requirements tended to point towards a larger vehicle like the Jackal.BAE Land Systems and Armaments had planned to propose a variant of the RG-32M to CANSOFCOM but if they did offer that, then it didn’t make the cut.The Canadian-American Strategic Review website at Simon Fraser University has an excellent overview of the two remaining vehicle candidates and researcher Stephen Priestley has discovered an interesting development It seems CANSOFCOM has also the need for new fork-lifts. Mr. Priestley notes that the Jackal comes with a special kit to transform the vehicle from a 4X4 to a 6X6. To do that requires hand tools and a 10K forklift that CANSOFCOM wants to buy.Coincidence? Maybe, since CANSOFCOM would probably have need for forklifts and other such support gear as it expands its numbers and capabilities.Mr. Priestley’s rundown on the candidate vehicles as well as the details on the forklift purchase can be reached here:http://www.casr.ca/bg-army-special-forces-sov-update.htmFor previous articles I have written on JTF2 or CANSOFCOM or CSOR go to the following links:https://davidpugliese.wordpress.com/2009/03/07/jtf2-gets-vehicles-by-david-pugliese-ottawa-citizen/https://davidpugliese.wordpress.com/jtf2-top-priority-is-olympics-says-cansofcom-commander/https://davidpugliese.wordpress.com/2008/12/31/david-pugliese-jtf2-base-ottawa-citizen/https://davidpugliese.wordpress.com/2008/12/24/david-pugliese-jtf2-ottawa-citizen-joint-task-force-2/https://davidpugliese.wordpress.com/2008/12/11/jtf2-joint-task-force-2-to-move-by-david-pugliese/https://davidpugliese.wordpress.com/2008/05/21/david-pugliese-jtf-joint-task-force-2-hunts-taliban/ […]

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