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5 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group

5 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group (French: 5e Groupe-brigade mécanisé du Canada) (5 CMBG) is a Canadian Forces brigade group that is part of 2nd Canadian Division of the Canadian Army. It is based at CFB Valcartier, near Quebec City, Quebec. The brigade group is the formation responsible for the majority of francophone units of the regular army.

5 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group
Country Canada
BranchCanadian Army
Size1 regiment each of armour, artillery and combat engineers, 3 battalions of infantry
Part of2nd Canadian Division
Garrison/HQCFB Valcartier
Motto(s)French: Allons-y (Let's go)


5 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group CFB Valcartier
5 CMBG Headquarters & Signal Squadron CFB Valcartier
12e Régiment blindé du Canada Armoured CFB Valcartier
5e Régiment d'artillerie légère du Canada Artillery CFB Valcartier
5 Combat Engineer Regiment Combat engineers CFB Valcartier
1st Battalion, Royal 22e Régiment Mechanized infantry CFB Valcartier
2nd Battalion, Royal 22e Régiment Mechanized infantry Quebec City
3rd Battalion, Royal 22e Régiment Light infantry CFB Valcartier
5 Service Battalion Combat Service Support CFB Valcartier

Three regular force units of other formations (430 Tactical Helicopter Squadron and 5 Field Ambulance of Canadian Forces Medical Group) are collocated with 5 CMBG at CFB Valcartier and work closely with the brigade group, but are not officially a part of it.


During the 1970s and 1980s, the 5th was a Canadian Brigade Group (then called the 5e Groupe-brigade du Canada) was the primary formation of the Canadian Air-Sea Transportable Brigade Group (CAST), supported by additional artillery and light armour units, as well as two squadrons of Canadair CF-5 aircraft. The CAST mission to reinforce Norway in the event of hostilities was disbanded in 1989. On June 5, 1987 a new Canadian defence policy called Challenge and Commitment was tabled by the Government that directed that the Canadian Forces in Europe consolidate effort by combining the standing brigade then in Germany 4 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group with a rapidly deployable brigade from Canada. The 5 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group would serve in this role and join the 4 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group under a newly created 1st Canadian Infantry Division tasked to the NATO Central Army Group until the end of the Cold War.


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