Securing a regional presence in Canada’s North

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The Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) successfully concluded Operation NUNAKPUT 2017 near the end of July, after nearly four weeks of presence and domain operations across the Northwest Territories.

Task Force NUNAKPUT conducted land and waterborne operations to demonstrate Joint Task Force (North)’s ability to project a military presence and maintain awareness within the Northwest Territories area of responsibility. Other activities included: navigating river systems; search and rescue techniques; conducting an emergency preparation assessment in Hay River; and cleaning up a landing strip near the Great Bear River, the reopening of which will be an asset to the communities for servicing local cell phone towers and emergency preparedness due to forest fires.

Approximately 15 other government department and agencies members, such as the RCMP, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, the Canadian Coast Guard Auxiliary, and the Government of Northwest Territories deployed with CAF members.