Approximately 900 military members and civilians are currently taking part in the tenth iteration of Operation NANOOK 2017.
Taking place in locations in Labrador and Nunavut, Operation NANOOK 2017 is focused on responding to northern safety, sovereignty and security operations.
“The highest level of safety and security in Canada’s North is essential, and Joint Task Force (North) consistently strives to respond to all incidents, whether a natural disaster or protection of Canadian sovereignty. However, no single stakeholder is able to operate unilaterally in the vastness of Canada’s North; partnerships must be established and nourished in order to meet operational objectives. Operation NANOOK 2017 will provide a unique opportunity for multiple agencies to work together to combat a notional threat to the security of the population of the Hamlet of Rankin Inlet, NU. The benefit of multi-agency planning, coordinated deployment, and focused execution is enormous. It permits the development of relationships and understanding of capabilities that are essential to ensure a timely response to a real life crisis,” said BGen. Mike Nixon, Commander, Joint Task Force (North).
For the first time this year, Operation NANOOK 2017 is comprised of two scenarios conducted by two separate Regional Joint Task Forces.
Scenario one, conducted by Joint Task Force (North), consists of the CAF working with other government departments and agencies (OGDA) around Rankin Inlet, Nunavut to respond to a simulated barge fire and explosion.
The second scenario, conducted by Joint Task Force Atlantic, involves the CAF and OGDA partners working to respond to a security scenario in northern Labrador.
“The challenging and remote coastal zone of northern Labrador will test the ability of Joint Task Force Atlantic to command and control Royal Canadian Navy, Canadian Army and Royal Canadian Air Force elements in mobility, surveillance and security tasks. Capitalizing on synergies with other government departments, communities, and industries, defence and security can be assured across Canada’s vast northern regions,” said RAdm. John Newton, Commander, Maritime Forces Atlantic and Joint Task Force (Atlantic).