NEWS: Nunavut April 09, 2012 - 10:30 am

It’s Arctic spring exercise season for Canada’s military

Operation Nunalivut to kick off April 10


More than 150 soldiers, divers and Canadian Rangers are set to descend on Resolute Bay for Joint Task Force North’s Operation Nunalivut 2012, the Canadian military’s annual spring sovereignty operation, which starts April 10 and ends May 1.

In this year’s operation, members of the Canadian Forces and Rangers will respond to two different scenarios.

The first, near Beechey Island, will test search and rescue training with a dive operation.

The second, a northern ground patrol for Canadian Rangers, practices area search techniques and predator control duties.

The Joint Task Force North headquarters will oversee a round-the-clock operations centre in Resolute Bay.

The op centre will be located in the recently-renovated and expanded Polar Continental Shelf Program facility. That facility now includes a new wing with 100 more beds for the Canadian Forces Arctic Training Centre, “a multi-purpose facility for Arctic military training as well as operations.”

During Nunalivut 2012, a ski-equipped Twin Otter will carry material for troops on the sea ice.

And a CC-130 Hercules, a CH-149 Cormorant helicopter, and a CC-115 Buffalo will also head to Resolute Bay to transport fuel, rations, snowmobiles and personnel.

A combined dive team is slated to visit Devon Island, where they will conduct diving operations as part of Defence Research and Development Canada’s $10-million northern watch project.

That project installs undersea surveillance devices in various locations along the Northwest Passage.

The divers will also conduct a remotely operated vehicle survey of HMS Breadalbane, a Franklin expedition rescue ship that sank in 1853, which is the world’s most northern ship wreck and a national historical site.