Over the summer and early autumn 2023, fifteen Leopard 2A4M tanks, two armored recovery vehicles, support vehicles, supplies and other equipment were then put through an extensive maintenance, upgrade and inspection regime to declare them operationally ready and configured for shipping. The Leopards were also fitted with updated remote weapons systems, which required extensive testing. "It has been a deliberate process," said Major Matthew Shumka, Commander B Squadron, Lord Strathcona's Horse (Royal Canadians). Getting the tanks ready for their long journey was the job of the Army Equipment Fielding Centre.
This deployment demonstrates Canada’s commitment to implementing the Canada-Latvia Joint Declaration of June 2022, through which Canada pledged to work with Latvia and NATO Allies to generate and stage forces in order to surge the eFP Battlegroup Latvia to a combat capable brigade.