If you see military vehicles on Columbia Valley Highway this month, and army divers in Cultus Lake, don’t worry, no one is invading.
It’s the Canadian Forces School of Military Engineering (CFSME) training combat divers on Exercise Roguish Buoy 2019.
The Department of National Defence (DND) Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) want to alert the public that the school will be conducting the training from Feb. 2 to 27 this year.
It’s part of an annual training exercise they conduct, which last year took place was near Gagetown, New Brunswick.
This training comes one month after the military engineers were at Cultus for their annual bridge-building training.
While DND/CAF say Exercise Roguish Buoy 2019 will have no effect on regular public access or usage of Cultus Lake, the military requests people remain attentive in the area “to help ensure the safest possible environment for their military personnel both above and below the waterline.”
“The purpose of Exercise Roguish Buoy 2019 is to enable the army’s Combat Divers to practise their skills, tactics and procedures, while also employing new lessons learned through recent operations by Canadian and allied militaries,” according to a notice from the military. “This exercise will be conducted in a safe and environmentally responsible manner, in compliance with Canadian Armed Forces safety regulations and applicable environmental protection regulations.”