Commander Resources Ltd.

Commander Resources Ltd.

January 18, 2010 08:30 ET

Commander Expands Potential of the Hebert Prospect With New High Grade Gold Results

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Jan. 18, 2010) - Commander Resources Ltd. (TSX VENTURE:CMD) reports that recently received assays from channel samples collected from the Hebert Prospect, Baffin Island demonstrate that gold mineralization extends from high grade quartz veins into altered arsenopyrite-bearing sedimentary units. The combination of gold in closely-spaced vein sets and in the adjacent wall rocks greatly improves the potential to delineate a large scale body of mineralization on this part of the Baffin gold project. In addition, similarities in vein orientation, style, alteration and gold mineralization confirm that the Hebert Prospect, which is at least 3.5 km in strike length and 300 m wide, is part of one large gold mineralized system that remains open to extension both to the northeast and southwest.

Highlights of the most recent results are tabulated below and reflect composite assay results incorporating vein and wall rock channel samples. These results should be viewed along with all of the previously reported results from Hebert, which are presented on a series of summary maps on the Company's website.

Gold Assay from
Surface Channel Samples Width
Showing (g/t) (m)
Hebert Main 6.30 2.85
Includes (i)74.40 0.20
Hebert Main 11.10 2.30
Includes (i)95.08 0.20
Hebert Main 9.32 5.87
Includes 13.61 3.84
Includes 20.38 2.21
Includes (i)104.30 0.40
Hebert Main 4.95 2.40
Includes (i)20.83 0.40
Hebert Main 6.85 2.12
Includes 9.86 1.43
Includes 14.40 0.94
Includes (i)16.20 0.42
Hebert South 9.36 0.65
Traciane 17.84 1.43
Traciane 10.62 0.93
Traciane 21.92 1.35
(i)previously reported

Ken Leigh, President & CEO states, "The Hebert Prospect is a classic example of a large, potentially high-grade gold system that covers at least a 3.5 km by 300 m area. When you see this much gold on surface over such a large area, the potential to outline a large gold resource is very high. We eagerly await the first phase of drilling on this exciting new target."

Gold-bearing quartz veins at Hebert Main, Hebert South and Traciane dip steeply and penetrate the gently dipping sedimentary rock package to an unknown depth. Limited outcrop exposure of favourable arsenopyrite-bearing units constrains the amount of sampling that can be done on surface. However, where these units are exposed, significant gold values occur in wall rock adjacent to veins. As an example, channel 158 (see Map 2 on the website) was cut from a window of a lower stratigraphic unit containing up to 50% arsenopyrite. This channel contained 9.32 grams per tonne gold over 5.87 m, including 104.3 grams per tonne gold over 0.40 m. Channel 5 from 2008 (Map 2), cut across a small outcrop exposure of massive arsenopyrite-bearing sediments, contained 22.83 grams per tonne gold over 1.0 m (previously reported).

There appears to be a close correlation between increased gold values and higher arsenopyrite content in both quartz veins and metasedimentary wall rocks. This provides us with a very useful guide for drill targeting since arsenopyrite can be detected by a geophysical survey technique known as Induced Polarization (IP). A test IP survey over the Hebert Main zone completed in 2009 detected a 300 m long x 350 m wide anomaly coincident with all gold intervals shown on Map 2. This IP anomaly is open beyond the survey coverage area and additional IP survey work will be completed in 2010 to cover the entire 3.5 km long Hebert Prospect area.

The location of Hebert Zone and the other gold prospects on the 100 kilometre long Baffin Property, including the Malrok, Ridge Lake, Brent and Durette gold zones, can be found on the Commander's website and in the Company's news releases pertaining to the Baffin Island Gold Project. The property is readily accessible to tidewater, contains abundant fresh water and is located near two "Distant Early Warning" (DEW line) radar stations, each with an operational 4,000 foot airstrip.

The Baffin Gold Project is subject to a new Farm-in J.V. Agreement, announced September 3, 2009, with AngloGold Ashanti Limited's subsidiary AngloGold Ashanti Holdings Plc ("AGA") that provides AGA the option to earn an initial 51% interest in the project by funding $20 million in exploration along with other considerations as detailed in the Company's September 3rd , 2009 News Release.

GeoVector Management Inc. of Ottawa managed the field program this year. Alan Sexton, MSc, P.Geol. is the Project Manager and the Qualified Person under NI 43-101 supervised the technical aspects of the 2009 field program and has reviewed and approved the contents of this release.

Analytical Procedures

All samples were transported to TSL Laboratories in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan for analysis. The channel samples containing quartz veins were prepared and assayed by metallics assay methods for gold. The samples were crushed using a primary jaw crusher to minimum 70% passing 10 mesh. The entire sample was then pulverized to a minimum 95% passing 150 mesh. A silica wash was done after each sample. A single 1 AT charge was analyzed by FA/Gravimetric with a detection limit of 0.03 g/t A on the +150 mesh material. Two 1 AT charges were analyzed by FA/Gravimetric with a detection limit of 0.03 g/t A on the -150 mesh material.

TSL Laboratories inserts certified gold standards, which are purchased from CDN Resource Labs and inserted on a routine basis. Results from all internal QC samples and repeats were reported. In addition, Commander sequentially inserts certified gold standards, which are purchased from CDN Resource Labs, and "blank" rock samples. One standard and one blank were inserted with every batch of 5 channel samples prior to shipment to TSL Laboratories.

All the certified standards inserted by Commander in the channel and grab samples from the Hebert Zone all returned gold values within the accepted limits of the standards inserted.

All the blanks inserted by Commander in the channel and grab samples from the Hebert Zone all returned non-detected to negligible gold values.

On Behalf of the Board of Directors,

Kenneth Leigh, President & CEO

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