British Army has no plans to close southern Alberta training base: U.K. Ministry of Defence
Unsubstantiated reports indicating the British Army would be closing its training facility in southern Alberta have prompted a swift response from the U.K. government denying the claims.
According to the U.K. Ministry of Defence Press Office, there are no plans to shutter the British Army Training Unit Suffield (BATUS) in favour of a new base in the Middle East.
The U.K. training base, located near the Trans-Canada Highway approximately 220 kilometres southeast of Calgary, has been in operations since 1972.
According to British Army officials, the base covers 2,700 square kilometres and hosts live firing and manoeuvered exercises involving upward of 1,400 soldiers each year.