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September/October 2011

Since 2006, the federal government continues to increase its capabilities and operational expertise and capacity in affirmation of its Arctic Sovereignty strategy. This summer, Canada Command (Canadian Military headquarters based in Ottawa) with the assistance of Joint Task Force North, based in Yellowknife, again conducted one of three annual Arctic safety and security exercises. This year, Operation Nanook 2011 patrolled the air, land and seas Since 2006, the federal government continues to increase its capabilities and operational expertise and capacity in affirmation of its Arctic Sovereignty strategy. This summer, Canada Command (Canadian Military headalong the extensive coastlines of Labrador, Baffin Island, and in the central High Arctic on and off Cornwallis Island.

The complex, fully integrated “whole-of- government” military and non-military mission contingent includes the Royal Canadian Navy, Royal Canadian Air Force, Canadian Army and Canadian Rangers, Canadian Coast Guard, the RCMP, and related federal government ministries such as the departments of Fisheries and Oceans, Public Safety, Parks Canada and international participation from foreign partners, the United States and Denmark.

Operation Nanook 11’s foreign naval complement includes United States Coast Guard cutter, the USCGC Willow and two Royal Danish Navy ships conducting their own surveillance patrols on the mission. Royal Canadian Navy vessels participating this year are the HMCS Summerside and HMCS Moncton (both coastal defence vessels) joined by the HMCS St. John’s, a frigate.