Canadian military choppers will be training in the night skies above Kamloops

CH-146 Griffon helicopters will be used in training by the Canadian Special Operations Forces Command from April 7 to April 23.

Those choppers in the air at night are part of an armed forces exercise that includes the Kamloops area.

Members of the Canadian Special Operations Forces Command will be conducting routine training in the vicinity of Kamloops and Vernon between April 7 and April 23.

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This training will involve CH-146 Griffon helicopters operating mainly between the hours of 9:30 p.m. and 3 a.m.

“Residents in the area may see and hear helicopters performing multiple low-level flights with the potential for increased local noise,” said Lt. Amélie Leduc, public affairs officer with the Canadian Special Operations Forces Command.

“Military small arms and training ammunition will be utilized and will be closely controlled in accordance with mandated safety measures.”

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Canadian Armed Forces has limited training opportunities outside of Canada. As a result, residents of some communities, such as Kamloops, may notice increased military training activity and associated noises.

“All efforts are being made to minimize disruption,” Leduc said. “The Canadian Special Operations Forces Command is extremely thankful for the support and understanding of the communities within which it conducts valuable training such as this in order to remain operationally focused and able to serve the national interest.”

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