The Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) annual sovereignty operation in the High Arctic, Operation NUNALIVUT 2018, commenced today in Nunavut.
The operation will take place from Feb. 23 to March 21 in Resolute Bay and Cambridge Bay, Nunavut.
Close to 350 members from the Royal Canadian Navy, Canadian Army, and the Royal Canadian Air Force will be taking part in Operation NUNALIVUT.
Representing the Army the 2nd Battalion Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry, the Arctic Response Company Group from 38 Canadian Brigade Group and the 1st Canadian Ranger Patrol Group will conduct Arctic survival training, sovereignty patrols, and support scientific research in both locations.
Members of the Royal Canadian Navy’s Fleet Diving Unit Atlantic, Canadian Army combat divers from across Canada, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) Dive Unit, and the Canadian Coast Guard will conduct ice diving operations in Cambridge Bay, NU with various international partners observing the activity.
Additionally, the Air Force will supply CC-177 Globemaster and CC-130J Hercules to transport troops, supplies, and equipment to Resolute Bay and Cambridge Bay. In addition, CC-138 Twin Otters will deploy to both locations to provide local air transport.
“Operation NUNALIVUT 2018 is more than winter warfare training. It is a unique opportunity for deployed members to conduct sovereignty patrols, ice diving activities and support the scientific community. Regular and Reserve members of the Canadian Armed Forces will come together with other government departments and agencies to cooperatively work on multiple objectives during the coldest period of the year in the Arctic,” said BGen. Mike Nixon, Commander, Joint Task Force (North).
Operation NUNALIVUT began in 2007 to allow the CAF to operate in the harsh winter environment and practice its capabilities to respond to a variety of situations in the High Arctic.