Department of National Defence



Department of National Defence

April 02, 2013 09:00 ET

Canadian Armed Forces Conduct Sovereignty Operation in the High Arctic

YELLOWKNIFE, NORTHWEST TERRITORIES--(Marketwired - April 2, 2013) - Operation Nunalivut 2013, a major sovereignty operation commanded by Joint Task Force (North), will take place in Canada's High Arctic from April 2-30.

Operation Nunalivut 2013 is one of the major operations conducted every year by the Canadian Armed Forces in Canada's North. This year it will be held in the northwestern portion of the Arctic Archipelago, extending as far west as Mould Bay, Northwest Territories, and north to Isachsen, Nunavut, with the Task Force Headquarters located in Resolute Bay, Nunavut.

"During Operation Nunalivut 2013, the Canadian Armed Forces will face some of the most challenging terrain and weather conditions Canada has to offer," said the Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence. "This year's operation will exercise Canadian sovereignty and demonstrate the Canadian Armed Forces' abilities in the High Arctic during winter."

The Canadian Rangers, experts in living and operating in this area, will conduct sovereignty patrols between Resolute Bay and Isachsen, Nunavut, as well as on Devon Island, more specifically in Griffon Inlet and Gascoyne Inlet. These patrols will allow the Canadian Armed Forces to increase their collective knowledge and experience in the challenging environment of the High Arctic.

The Royal Canadian Air Force CC-138 Twin Otter, will assist the exercise of Canadian sovereignty in the Arctic Archipelago by providing tactical airlift for, and resupply of, Canadian Ranger patrols on the sea ice. CC-138 Twin Otters will also provide a platform for surveillance and reconnaissance missions.

"In the changing environment of the Arctic, Joint Task Force (North) needs to be prepared to respond to calls for assistance for any emergencies on the land or at sea," said Brigadier-General Guy Hamel, Commander of Joint Task Force (North). "Operation Nunalivut 2013 provides the perfect opportunity to test the capabilities that will allow us to deploy rapidly and effectively in response to tomorrow's safety and security challenges."

To mark the end of the operation, a closing ceremony and parade will be conducted at the Task Force Nunalivut Headquarters in Resolute Bay on April 24.

Note to Editors:

As of April 11, new still imagery will be available from Canadian Forces Combat Camera at: www.combatcamera.forces.gc.ca.

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