B Squadron has a long and proud history as an integral part of The Royal Canadian Dragoons.
Recently, from 1987 to 1993, B Squadron was equipped with the Cougar armoured cars and conducted training in Canada. When Canada ended its NATO commitment in Germany in 1994 and returned its heavy armour to Canada, B Squadron returned to its tank roots and was equipped with the Leopard C1 Main Battle Tank, later upgraded to Leopard C2. Immediately after receiving its tanks in 1994, B Squadron re-roled and trained as a mechanized infantry company for service with the United Nations Protection Force from October 1994 to May 1995. From 1995 to 2003, B Squadron was the only sub-unit in 2 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group (2 CMBG) capable of defeating the enemy through the aggressive use of firepower and battlefield mobility. In 1997 and 1998, B Squadron soldiers served their fellow Canadians by assisting them during the Red River flood of 1997 and the Eastern Ontario Ice Storm of 1998. As 2 CMBG’s firepower and mobility experts, B Squadron soldiers ensured that 2 CMBG had world-class tank mobility and direct fire capability to fight and win in all phases of war, culminating in its performance during 2 CBMG’s 2003 Brigade Training Event in Wainwright, Alberta .
In 2004, B Squadron relinquished its Leopards and became a reconnaissance squadron. It deployed to the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan as the Kabul Multinational Brigade reconnaissance squadron from January to August 2005 and again from February to August 2007 in Kandahar where it saw high intensity combat as part of the 2nd Battalion, The Royal Canadian Regiment battle group. In 2009 B Squadron once again returned to Kandahar in support of the second last combat mission in Afghanistan.
Since 2010, B Squadron has actively trained in both the mounted and dismounted reconnaissance roles. In 2014, B Squadron became 2 CMBG’s High-Readiness Armoured Reconnaissance Squadron - a role it continues to fill - and proved itself in a challenging brigade level training exercise in Wainwright, Alberta.
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