Department of National Defence

Department of National Defence

April 11, 2007 15:21 ET

DND: Canada Command Exercises in Support of Civil Authorities

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - April 11, 2007) - Canada Command, the Canadian Forces organization responsible for the conduct of all routine and contingency domestic operations, will conduct the Canadian component of Exercise ARDENT SENTRY/NORTHERN EDGE 07 (AS/NE 07) from April 30 - May 17, 2007, in a number of locations across Canada. AS/NE 07 is a bilateral national-level exercise with United States Northern Command (USNORTHCOM) and North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD).

"Canada Command, together with USNORTHCOM and NORAD, is responsible for the defence of North America," said Lt.-Gen. Marc Dumais, Commander Canada Command. "It is imperative that we exercise together, to practice processes and information sharing in order to respond in the fastest and most effective way possible when civil authorities need our help."

The Canada Command aim in this annual national-level exercise is to practice 'military assistance to civil authorities' missions including bilateral planning, communication, information sharing and coordination with USNORTHCOM, its subordinate formations and NORAD. The Canadian scenarios, to take place in Alberta, British Columbia and the Northwest Territories, involve threats to infrastructure, air and maritime security.

There are also a number of U.S.-centric scenarios during the course of the exercise.

Three of Canada Command's Regional Joint Task Forces (North, Pacific and West) and the Combined Forces Air Component Commander, based in Winnipeg, will be involved in AS/NE 07, which is a command post exercise in Canada. There will be no deployment of Canada Command personnel with the exception of Her Majesty's Canadian Ship Vancouver, which will deploy to the waters off the coast of Alaska where she will join a U.S. Surface Action Group for a portion of the exercise.

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