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Canadian soldiers testing their capabilities in the Arctic

Close to 180 Canadian Army soldiers will be testing out their Arctic response capability during the Northern Exercise 2017 (NOREX).

NOREX 17 will take place in and around Resolute Bay, Nunavut from March 17 to March 28.

“Training the soldiers of 4th Canadian Division in the frigid conditions above the 75th Parallel provides the Canadian Armed Forces unique opportunities. Such training opportunities enhance the military’s ability to defend Canada’s northern border and ensures the capacity to respond wherever and whenever the Government of Canada requires soldiers during domestic operations,” said BGen. S.M. Cadden, Commander, 4th Canadian Division.

The deploying soldiers consist mostly of the Reserve Force (31 Canadian Brigade Group).

The exercise is aimed at testing the mobility, sustainability, and survivability while maintaining an Arctic response capability of the soldiers of the 31 Canadian Brigade Group, part of the 4th Canadian Division.

The Canadian Army soldiers deploying on this exercise will be joined by members of the Canadian Rangers.

“NOREX 2017 is an important training opportunity for the members of the Arctic Response Company Group as it allows them to put their cumulative training and personal resolve to the test in some of the harshest conditions that Canada has to offer,” said LCol. P. Rittershofer, Commanding Officer, The Grey and Simcoe Foresters / Arctic Response Company Group.

Above photo: Soldiers from 4th Canadian Division’s Arctic Response Company Group leave on patrol around Cornwallis Island, Nunavut, during NOREX 2015 on March 22, 2015. Photo: Master Corporal Dan Pop, 4th Canadian Division, Public Affairs
©2015 DND/MDN Canada

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Mishall Rehman

Originally from Atlanta, GA, Mishall is a freelance journalist pursuing her passion for writing in her new homeland Canada. She currently lives in Trenton, ON with her husband.

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