Missing Military Gear

January 11, 2012 by staff 

Missing Military GearMissing Military Gear, The Canadian Forces have experienced serious security breaches with military equipment being shipped back from Afghanistan, CBC News has learned.

Chris Alexander, parliamentary secretary to the minister of defence, told Power & Politics host Evan Solomon Tuesday that 10 containers had been broken into and that equipment was missing when the containers from Afghanistan were opened in Canada.

Rather than containing the expected military equipment, the containers were filled with rocks and sand, presumably to mimic the weight of the missing supplies so the breach would go undetected.

The Department of National Defence confirmed Tuesday that various military gear was missing from containers being transported to Canada from Afghanistan by chartered sea vessel, and said a full investigation is underway.

A defence spokesperson told CBC News in a statement the missing equipment is “non-critical.”

“There were no munitions of any kind in any of the containers being shipped back to Canada by sea on this route. All munitions have already been received in Canada via strategic air and sealift,” Lt.-Cmdr. John Nethercott said.

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