Commander Resources Ltd.
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Commander Resources Ltd.

June 29, 2011 12:41 ET

Commander Commences Work on Storm Copper Property

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - June 29, 2011) -Commander Resources Ltd. (TSX VENTURE:CMD) reports that it has signed a contract with Geotech Ltd. to complete a detailed airborne VTEM survey over Commander's wholly-owned Storm property. The contract will cover approximately 5,000 line kilometres over an area of 350 km2. The survey will commence in the first week of July and take about three weeks to complete. Spacing of flight lines will initially be at 150 metres with infill spacing at 75 metres in order to provide good resolution for follow-up examination.

The VTEM survey will be used to identify the EM signature of the zones of known copper mineralization and to carry this information to other areas down dip, along strike and hopefully to, as yet, undiscovered zones. The nature of mineralization and of the host rocks, as well as the structural setting, makes them ideal for a VTEM survey. Follow up field work and a drill program will be implemented during 2012.

The Storm property was initially discovered in the 1990's by Teck Resources (formerly Cominco Ltd.) and explored between 1995 and 2000. A small portion of the property, approximately 5 km2, received considerable attention, with detailed geochemical and drilling investigations. To date, 52 holes have been drilled in this area of interest, with 28 holes returning copper mineralization. Four zones of copper mineralization have been identified, outcropping at surface and extending to depths of at least 100 metres. These are located within 16 - 20 kilometres of tidewater.

The 4100N zone, the largest discovered, contains a consistent interval of copper mineralization starting at a depth of about 50 metres from surface, based on 17 widely spaced diamond drill holes. The zone extends over an area of at least 1000 metres x 400 metres and remains open. The 2750N zone is a pipelike breccia body that extends to depths in excess of 100 metres. Examples of drill intersections from the 4100 and 2750 zones are highlighted in the following table:

ZoneDrill HoleIntersected Width (m)Grade
Cu %
4100NST 99-4717.203.50
Including11.004.90
ST 00-6252.601.14
Including7.302.41
ST 97-1371.701.01
2750NST 97-8105.002.92
Including53.005.09
ST 97-924.602.65
ST 99-1958.403.10
Including13.309.56
ST99-4335.501.00
ST99-4713.704.20
ST00-6252.601.14

Also of interest is the 3500N zone, which is exposed at surface over a 300 metre strike length. Limited drilling in 1999 returned encouraging results.

The copper mineralization discovered previously is exposed over a 7 km portion of a 30 km long structural corridor. Mineralization occurs as stratabound bodies and as large-scale fault-related high-grade breccia structures. The contact between the host Allen Bay and overlying Cape Storm formations appears to be favourable for mineral deposition. The most prominent feature on the property is a 7 km long block fault (graben) structure. This graben may hide offset portions of the known mineralization or new zones. There has been very little investigation carried out along strike or down dip beneath the cover of the Cape Storm formation. Drilling has been conducted only to a shallow depth in a few areas. The detailed airborne survey will be able to map structures to depth, and identify new anomalous zones that can be targeted for an aggressive drill program in 2012. Most of the mineralization found to date has been in the form of chalcocite, bornite and native copper. With higher prices now being used for the evaluation of copper projects (compared to prices used in the 1990's) the model being pursued is for a higher tonnage, lower grade copper resource at depth.

The area covered by Commander's concessions also hosts the Seal Zinc mineralized zone, located on tidewater at Aston Bay. Previous drilling indicates that there is potential for a resource in the 2 million tonne range with grades of approximately 8% Zn and 28 g/t Ag.

The 2011 exploration program is being supervised by Mr. Steve Potts, P. Geo, V.P. of Exploration for Commander Resources. Mr. Potts is the Qualified Person under NI 43-101 and has reviewed and approved the technical content of this release.

On behalf of the Board of Directors,

Eric Norton

President & CEO

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