Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) has completed the 10th edition of Operation NANOOK (Op NANOOK), its most significant annual northern sovereignty operation, on August 25.
Over 900 CAF members and Other Government Departments and Agencies (OGDA) participated in Op NANOOK 2017. The exercises were conducted in two locations: northern Labrador and Rankin Inlet, Nunavut.
The Labrador operation, based out of Goose Bay, Labrador, focused on northern defence and security. It was the first time Labrador hosted Operation Nanook. The beginning of the Labrador operation was delayed a couple of day due to inclement weather and a damaged helicopter.
The Nunavut exercise focused on sealift disaster preparation and simulated the destruction a barge carrying supplies to the northern community, Rankin Inlet. Canadian Rangers and military personnel from 38 Canadian Brigade Group based in Winnipeg, Manitoba participated in the Nunavut operation, along with civilians from several government departments.
The Royal Canadian Navy deployed the Halifax-class frigate Montréal and the Kingston-class coastal defence vessels Kingston and Moncton.
The Royal Canadian Air Force dedicated three CC-138 Twin Otter aircraft, three CH-146 Griffon helicopters and two CH-147 Chinook helicopters, as well as a CC-130 Hercules and CC-177 Globemaster cargo aircraft to the entire operation.
According to the statement from the Government, Canada’s defence policy, Strong, Secure, Engaged, commits Canada to increase its presence and operational effectiveness in the north.
About Operation Nanook:
Operation Nanook is an annual military exercise of the Canadian Armed Forces in the Arctic.
The exercise is intended to train the different elements of the Canadian Armed Forces (Canadian Army, Royal Canadian Air Force and Royal Canadian Navy) along with other government organizations, such as the Canadian Coast Guard and Royal Canadian Mounted Police in disaster training and sovereignty patrols in the Canadian Arctic Archipelago and northern Canada.
Op NANOOK aims to enhance Canada’s surveillance and presence across its northernmost regions, strengthening the coordination in whole-of-government operations and the way Canada’s military operates in northern conditions.
In addition, it provides the CAF opportunities to work with mission partners to determine how best to respond to safety and security issues in the north.