Department of National Defence

Department of National Defence

July 18, 2011 10:18 ET

Media Advisory: Media Opportunities Available for Operation NANOOK 2011

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - July 18, 2011) - Media are invited to attend Operation NANOOK 11 from August 8 to 22, 2011, in Resolute Bay, Nunavut.

Flights will be provided to the media from Canadian Forces Base (CFB) Trenton, Ontario and/or Yellowknife, Northwest Territories. Short-duration opportunities within this period will give media a first-hand look at members of the CF carrying out their operational tasks.

The current flight schedules are as follows:

First period (August 8 to 10):

  • August 8, CFB Trenton to Resolute Bay, and
  • August 10, Resolute Bay to CFB Trenton.

Second period (August 10 to 12):

  • August 10, CFB Trenton to Resolute Bay, and
  • August 12, Resolute Bay to Iqaluit (with an overnight stop), and then to Ottawa and on to CFB Trenton.

Third period (August 12 to 19):

  • August 12, Yellowknife to Resolute Bay, and
  • August 19th, Resolute Bay to Iqaluit and then to CFB Trenton.

Fourth period (August 20 to 22):

  • August 20, CFB Trenton to Resolute Bay, and
  • August 22, Resolute Bay to CFB Trenton

Transportation to the main camp location in Resolute Bay, as well as meals and overnight accommodation, will be provided by the Department of National Defence. Some expenses may be incurred while in Iqaluit.

Op NANOOK 11 is the largest of three operations conducted every year in Canada's North and is designed to enhance Canadian sovereignty and to continue to improve the Canadian Forces' capabilities when conducting Arctic operations.

Approximately 1,100 CF members, including Canadian Rangers, will participate in Op NANOOK 11, conducting patrols and tactical aviation missions in the area of Resolute Bay, as well as maritime patrols in Baffin Bay and Lancaster Sound.

The operation will also consist of a major air disaster exercise and the CF will act in a supporting role while assisting the Canadian Coast Guard in a maritime Search and Rescue (SAR) event. Both of these scenarios will also include participation from several other government departments.

NOTE TO EDITORS: Interested media and those with queries about flights or potential travel costs are requested to contact Mr. Buzz Cameron, Public Affairs Advisor, no later than July 20 at (613) 990-4568 or via email at Buzz.Cameron@forces.gc.ca.

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