Department of National Defence

Department of National Defence

March 30, 2015 14:00 ET

Ontario Soldiers Return Home After Training in Canada's High Arctic

4th Canadian Division soldiers wrap up intensive Arctic training exercise

RESOLUTE BAY, NUNAVUT--(Marketwired - March 30, 2015) - Approximately 200 members of 4th Canadian Division's Arctic Response Company Group (ARCG) completed NOREX 2015 today, following 10 days of training in the challenging conditions of Canada's High Arctic.

The soldiers from Army units across Ontario spent the exercise honing their skills in survivability, mobility and sustainability around Resolute Bay, Nunavut, supported by Canadian Rangers from 1st Canadian Ranger Patrol Group.

Members of the ARCG successfully completed several long-range patrols, travelling nearly 200 kilometres across sea ice and tundra to reach remote locations around Cornwallis Island near the 75th parallel.

Despite windchills that at times fell below -50°C, the soldiers conducted live-fire ranges, practiced survival skills, and performed airmobile insertions around Cornwallis Island using military and civilian aircraft.

NOREX 2015 also benefited greatly from the logistical support of the Polar Continental Shelf Program, a part of Natural Resources Canada, and the Canadian Armed Forces Arctic Training Centre in Resolute Bay.

Quick Facts

  • Approximately 200 Canadian Armed Forces members from Canadian Army Reserve and Regular Force units based across Ontario, participated in Exercise NOREX 2015, along with 18 Canadian Rangers from 1st Canadian Ranger Patrol Group and aircrew from the Royal Canadian Air Force's 440 Transport Squadron.
  • Soldiers used about 120 snowmobiles, known as Light Over Snow Vehicles (LOSV), during the exercise, travelling nearly 200 kilometres on two long-range patrols and were airlifted into remote camps on the sea ice aboard a CC-138 Twin Otter transport aircraft, as well as civilian DC-3s. The soldiers were armed with C7 rifles, C9 light machine guns and C6 medium machine guns, as well as Lee-Enfield 303 rifles, the standard weapon of the Canadian Rangers.
  • During the course of the exercise, temperatures plunged as low as -50°C, with wind gusts as high as
    50 km/hr.


"The success of NOREX 2015 shows we have reconfirmed our ability to deploy and operate in extreme and remote locations, remaining an effective and capable force despite the hardships of the environment. Our soldiers, and their Canadian Ranger guides, proved that they could survive, move, and sustain themselves, and are prepared for whatever tasks Canadians ask of them."

Lieutenant-Colonel Shane McArthur

Commanding Officer Arctic Response Company Group

"NOREX 2015 demonstrated that 4th Canadian Division's Arctic Response Company Group is able to respond in the North when needed by Canada. The soldiers and leadership have shown their unique ability to survive and function in this challenging environment."

Brigadier-General Lowell Thomas

Commander 4th Canadian Division

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