Department of National Defence

Department of National Defence

August 18, 2011 02:58 ET

Minister Mackay Oversees Canadian Forces Personnel Participating in Operation NANOOK 11

RESOLUTE BAY, NUNAVUT--(Marketwire - Aug. 18, 2011) - The Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence, arrived in Resolute Bay, Nunavut, to visit Canadian Forces personnel participating in Operation NANOOK 11, the annual operation in Canada's North aimed at providing a visible presence in the region and to showcase Canada's ability to defend its Arctic sovereignty.

"Operation NANOOK is the largest ever military exercise in Canada's North and is a visible demonstration of our government's resolute commitment to protect Canadian sovereignty in Canada's rugged Arctic region," said Minister MacKay. "I'm proud the Canadian Forces have the resources, training, professionalism and dedication to conduct operations in every corner of the vast Arctic region and stand on guard for our great country."

Operation NANOOK 11 consists of joint and integrated sovereignty operations conducted primarily in the eastern Arctic and include a training exercise where the Canadian Forces responds to a simulated air disaster and maritime emergencies in the North.

This year's operation is a joint Royal Canadian Navy, Canadian Army and Royal Canadian Air Force operation, integrated with whole-of -government partners and combined with international partners from the US Coast Guards and the Royal Danish Navy working under the lead of Canada Command, the military command responsible for all routine and contingency operations in Canada and continental North America.

"Operation NANOOK is one of three annual Arctic exercises in partnership with other Government departments and agencies to demonstrate that Canada Command is there to protect and defend Canada's sovereignty and Canadians from coast-to-coast-to-coast," said Lieutenant-General Walter Semianiw, Commander of Canada Command. "By working closely with other Government departments and agencies and coordinating operations, such as Operation NANOOK 11, we can assure Canadians and our allies that we can respond to any situation at any time in the Arctic or any other region of this country."

This is the 5th annual Operation NANOOK exercise. The Canadian Forces conduct three northern exercises: Operation NANOOK in the summer months, Operation NUNALIVUT in spring and Operation NUNAKPUT in the summer.

Notes to editor / news director: Still and video imagery of this operation can be found at: www.combatcamera.forces.gc.ca or http://www.canadacom.forces.gc.ca/op-ps/nanook-2011-eng.asp.

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