Canadian Armed Forces start major military exercise Nunalivut 2013 in high Artic 0404133

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Thursday, April 4, 2013, 01:32 PM
 
Canadian Armed Forces start major military exercise Nunalivut 2013 in high Artic.
The Canadian armed forces has started a major military exercise in high Arctic to showcase its sovereignty in the region, the National Defense Department said on Tuesday, April 2, 2013. Operation Nunalivut 2013 will be held from April 2 to 30 in the northwestern portion of the Arctic Archipelago, extending as far west as Mould Bay, Northwest Territories, and north to Isachsen, Nunavut.
     
The Canadian armed forces has started a major military exercise in high Arctic to showcase its sovereignty in the region, the National Defense Department said on Tuesday, April 2, 2013. Operation Nunalivut 2013 will be held from April 2 to 30 in the northwestern portion of the Arctic Archipelago, extending as far west as Mould Bay, Northwest Territories, and north to Isachsen, Nunavut.
Members of the Port Inspection Dive Team watch as Petty Officer 2nd class Igor Sevic (Left) and Master Seaman Dominic Thibeault rig an ice block in preparation for lifting and removal from a freshly cut dive site on the Dumbbell Bay sea ice during Operation NUNALIVUT 10.
(Credit photo Combat Camera Canadian army)
     

The forces will face some of the most challenging terrain and weather conditions in the operation, which "will exercise Canadian sovereignty and demonstrate the Canadian Armed Forces' abilities in the High Arctic during winter," Minister of National Defense Peter MacKay said.

The Canadian Rangers, experts in living and operating in these areas, will conduct sovereignty patrols between Resolute Bay and Isachsen, Nunavut, as well as on Devon Island, more specifically in Griffon Inlet and Gascoyne Inlet in a bid to increase their collective knowledge and experience in the challenging environment.

The Royal Canadian Air Force will assist the exercise in the Arctic Archipelago by providing tactical airlifts and a platform for surveillance and reconnaissance missions.

The exercise, one of the major operations conducted every year in Canada's North, will take place under the command of Joint Task Force (North) headquartered in Resolute Bay, Nunavut.

 

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