Canadian paratrooper dies in military exercise near Bulgaria's Plovdiv

18 Juin, 2019, 20:26 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
  • Bombardier Patrick Labrie was killed in a parachuting accident in Bulgaria

Gen. Jonathan Vance, Canada's chief of the defence staff, says a Canadian soldier has been killed in a parachuting accident in Bulgaria.

Vance, who delivered the news before today's federal cabinet meeting in Ottawa, says next of kin have been notified. He identified the soldier as Bombardier Patrick Labrie.

Its objective is to "demonstrate the strategic employment of the Global Response Force and validate US' European Command's ability to send high readiness forces into a designated area while advancing airborne interoperability among North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies", the US European Command said in a statement.

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"I am deeply saddened by the loss of Bombardier Patrick Labrie", Lanthier said in a press release. He died as as a result of his injuries during parachute training as part of Exercise SWIFT RESPONSE 19. "Not only is his death a painful loss to his family and friends, but we feel this loss across the Canadian Army and throughout the entire military community". The exercise is taking place at various locations in Bulgaria, Croatia, and Romania from June 11 to June 24.

Swift Response 2019 is taking place from June 11 to June 24 at various locations in Bulgaria, Croatia and Romania, according to the United States military.

It is being led by the US Global Response Force and is meant to demonstrate the US European Command's ability to send high-readiness forces into a designated area.

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