An Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician performs a manual approach to the site of a suspected simulated improvised explosive device as part of Exercise TAZ RUNNER 20 in 19 Wing Comox, British Columbia on 18 February 2020. Photo by: Corp. Joey Beaudin, Canadian Armed Forces Photo

An Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician performs a manual approach to the site of a suspected simulated improvised explosive device as part of Exercise TAZ RUNNER 20 in 19 Wing Comox, British Columbia on 18 February 2020. Photo by: Corp. Joey Beaudin, Canadian Armed Forces Photo

Annual Taz Runner military exercise underway at CFB Comox

Residents may hear extra noise, explosions

That bang you heard is just business as usual for this time of year around the military base in Comox.

From May 3 to 28, there will be increased activity in and around CFB Comox and other area Department of National Defence assets due to Exercise Taz Runner.

Exercise Taz Runner is an annual military exercise, sponsored by the Royal Canadian Air Force, and is run and hosted by 19 Wing Comox. The purpose of the exercise is for the RCAF’s Explosives Disposal Flights. These units specialize in the recovery and destruction of deteriorated, damaged or obsolete ammunition.

Note that any out-of-province members have quarantined at HMCS Quadra for seven days prior to the exercise start, and all provincial and military COVID-19 health measures are followed at all times.

Residents and visitors of the Comox Valley may hear controlled detonations and may see an increase in vehicle traffic around 19 Wing Comox, HMCS Quadra via Goose Spit, and Seal Bay Armoury. These activities are routine military training and there is no need to report them to 19 Wing or local emergency services.

– 19 Wing Comox



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