“Canada’s North is a cornerstone of our Government’s agenda and a sovereign country must have the ability to defend its territory, all of its territory,” said the Prime Minister. “The Canadian Armed Forces and other government departments are doing a terrific job of defending our interests and preparing Canada for a possible emergency or security issue in the North. That is why our Government is committed to supporting our men and women in uniform to ensure they have the right equipment to get the job done.”
Led by Canada Command, Operation NANOOK 12 supports a key objective of Canada’s Northern Strategy: to protect and defend Canadian sovereignty.
Operation NANOOK 12 is a joint Royal Canadian Navy, Canadian Army, Royal Canadian Air Force and Special Forces operation, which works with other federal departments and provincial, territorial, regional and international partners, in order to provide a visible presence in the Arctic and demonstrate Canada’s ability to respond to emergency situations in the region. It builds upon previous NANOOK operations conducted every summer since 2007, primarily in the eastern and high Arctic.
Operation NANOOK 12 is centred on two scenario-driven events in two separate locations in Canada's high North. The first involves the deployment of land and air forces to the Western Arctic to assist the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in a security event in Tsiigehtchic, Northwest Territories. The second involves the deployment of Canadian Armed Forces land, sea, air and special operations forces to the East to the Hudson Bay/Hudson Strait and Churchill, Manitoba, to intercept a vessel of interest.
Both scenarios will underline the primary focus of the Canadian Armed Forces at home to safeguard the nation, deter threats to our security, and respond to emergencies anywhere in the country. They will also help the Canadian military develop and maintain strong relationships with local authorities and indigenous populations, and make use of the unique expertise of the Canadian Rangers.
More than 1,250 Canadian Armed Forces personnel will be taking part in Operation NANOOK 12 from August 1 to 26, 2012.