OTTAWA — Operation NANOOK, the centrepiece sovereignty operation conducted annually by the Canadian Forces (CF) in Canada’s North, came to a successful conclusion yesterday in Resolute Bay, Nunavut.
“Operation NANOOK demonstrated the Government of Canada’s commitment to protecting our North and enhancing the Canadian Forces’ ability to operate in this unique environment with our government partners. We have improved our collective capacity to respond, in a timely and effective manner, to safety and security threats or emergencies in the Arctic,” said the Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence, who witnessed collaboration between departments and agencies first-hand during his visit to Resolute Bay and Pond Inlet, Nunavut.
The operation, which began on August 6 in Canada’s eastern and high Arctic, saw the involvement of approximately 1,000 military personnel, along with the participation of several other government departments and foreign militaries.
“I was impressed by the high level of cooperation that was evident between the members of the Canadian Forces, our partner agencies, and the people of Nunavut on this operation,” said General Walt Natynczyk, Chief of the Defence Staff. “As we enhance our northern capabilities, I believe that we will continue to build on the positive relationships that exist between the Canadian Forces and the local communities in which we operate.”
Operation NANOOK featured an impressive list of “firsts” for northern CF achievements: the highest northern deployment of the Arctic Response Company Group; the first deployment of the Maritime Component Command in the Arctic; the successful trial of a portable cell-phone system; and the first CC-177 Globemaster III deployment to Resolute Bay. All of these achievements demonstrated an increased capacity to conduct and sustain CF operations in Canada’s North, consistent with the goals set forth in the government’s Canada First Defence Strategy.
Conducted by Joint Task Force (North) (JTFN), the joint operation featured sovereignty and presence patrols, Composite Dive Team exercises, Arctic survival training, and included the participation of ships, aircraft, and personnel from the Canadian Rangers, Army, Navy, Air, and Special Forces.
Operation NANOOK ended with a whole-of-government spill response training exercise that included the remediation of a simulated petrochemical leak in the Resolute Bay area of Nunavut. Many parties contributed to the success of the exercise, including the Canadian Coast Guard, Environment Canada, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Indian and Northern Affairs Canada, Natural Resources Canada, Public Safety Canada, Parks Canada, as well as the Government of Nunavut and the community of Resolute Bay.
Department of National Defence, Canada