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CFSU(O)’s Con­naught Ranges and Pri­mary Train­ing Cen­tre (CRPTC), lo­cated at Shirleys Bay on the Ot­tawa River (ap­prox­i­mately 20 min­utes west of Par­lia­ment Hill), is able to of­fer ex­ten­sive train­ing to Cana­dian and other mil­i­tary, cadet and po­lice forces on 2,600 acres (1,058 hectares) of in­te­grated small arms ranges and ma­noeu­vre train­ing ar­eas. Named af­ter HRH The Duke of Con­naught and Strat­hearn, Gov­er­nor Gen­eral of Canada from 1912 to 1916, the site was pur­chased in 1912 to re­place the Ot­tawa Ranges that had been orig­i­nally lo­cated on Range Road off of Lau­rier Av­enue in down­town Ot­tawa and later moved to Rock­cliffe. Con­struc­tion be­gan in 1920, and the cer­e­mo­nial first shot was fired by Ma­jor-Gen­eral Sir Alexan­der Ber­tram, Chair­man of the Ex­ec­u­tive Com­mit­tee of the Do­min­ion of Canada Ri­fle As­so­ci­a­tion (DCRA) and the first Camp Com­man­der, at the An­nual Prize Meet­ing in the sum­mer of 1921. Today CRPTC is rec­og­nized for its world-class marks­man­ship fa­cil­i­ties as the home to the an­nual Cana­dian Armed Forces’ Small Arms Con­cen­tra­tion and the DCRA Shoot­ing Cham­pi­onships, as well as for its en­vi­ron­men­tal stew­ard­ship of species-at-risk and wet­land habi­tat.


Al­though char­ac­ter­ized as a sup­port unit, CFSU(O) was in­volved in one of Canada’s most try­ing times in 1970. Fol­low­ing hos­tile FLQ (“Front de libéra­tion du Québec”) ac­tiv­i­ties in the prov­ince of Que­bec, the CFHQ/AU Se­cu­rity Sec­tion helped to pro­vide se­cu­rity and pro­tec­tion for high rank­ing Govern­ment of­fi­cials, and for non-DND gov­ern­men­tal build­ings, equip­ment and prop­erty in the NCR dur­ing the only peace­time use of the War Mea­sures Act in Canada’s his­tory. CFSU(O) has also been in­stru­men­tal in host­ing visits from nu­mer­ous for­eign dig­ni­taries, in­clud­ing mem­bers of the Royal Fam­ily, US Pres­i­dents and many other world lead­ers.

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