Operation “Nanook 09” – the True North Strong and Free

Operation NANOOK 09 is a Canada Command sovereignty operation running from 06 to 28 August 2009, in Canada’s eastern Arctic.  Operation NANOOK 09 is one of three major sovereignty operations conducted every year by the Government of Canada in Canada’s North.  NANOOK 09 sees the Canadian Forces demonstrate a visible presence in the eastern Arctic with sea, land and air forces operating in the Baffin Island region.

Operation NANOOK 09 is a joint operation conducted with the participation of personnel, ships and aircraft from the Army, Navy and Air Force, working under the command of Joint Task Force (North) (JTFN). As one of six regional commands reporting to Canada Command in Ottawa, JTFN is responsible for the conduct of all routine and contingency operations in Canada’s North. JTFN is headquartered in Yellowknife, NT, and commanded by Brigadier-General David Millar.

During the operation, maritime surveillance patrols were extended through the Hudson and Davis Straits, and aerial reconnaissance missions have been conducted over much of Canada’s Arctic territory and northern land and air approaches. Surveillance patrols were also conducted by the Canadian Coast Guard and Transport Canada.

In addition to surveillance patrols, this year’s operation included a military exercise involving sea, land and air forces, the Canadian Coast Guard and Transport Canada. The exercise saw the amphibious landing of an Arctic Reserve Company Group on an island near Iqaluit to search for a suspected downed unmanned aerial vehicle. The exercise progressed to include diving operations and an anti-submarine warfare component.

Canadian Rangers provided support to the land patrols, demonstrating the traditional skills required to live off the land. The Canadian Rangers, who are experienced in Arctic survival and deployed almost every time the CF operates on the land in the North, acted as guides, experts on the land, and provided predator control. The Canadian Rangers are skilled Reserve Force members of the CF, and a major contributor to the training and effectiveness of the military in the North.

 

Capt Karl Hawpt, Warrant Officer Andy Price and Master Corporal Mike Honey, members of the Arctic Response Company Group deployed to Operation NANOOK 09 in southeastern Baffin Island are seen on patrol during shake out training near Iqaluit. This Arctic Response Company Group is comprised of Reservists from 32 Canadian Brigade Group in Ontario.

 

A Rigid Hull Inflatable Boat takes sailors from HMCS Toronto to a nearby iceberg in Frobisher Bay off the coast of Baffin Island during Operation NANOOK 09.

 

A CH 124 Sea King helicopter hoists down Commander A.C. Grant, Commanding Officer of HMCS Toronto onto the flight deck. HMCS Toronto was taking part in vital sovereignty patrols near Frobisher Bay off the coast of Baffin Island as a participant in Operation NANOOK 09.

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HMCS Toronto – Prime Minister Stephen Harper, Minister of National Defense Peter MacKay, and Commander AC Grant (Commanding Officer of HMCS Toronto), watch as three CF-18s fly over HMCS Toronto, HMCS Cornerbrook and CCGS Pierre Radisson during OP Nanook 2009.

 

In the village of Pangnirtung Warrant Officer Andy Price from the Queens Own Rifles explains the blank firing attachment to young boys from the village. (Left) Brandon Kuluguqtuq and (Right) Aiden Nadia Metuk.
The soldiers deployed to Pangnirtung as the security detail for a port inspection dive team during training on Operation NANOOK 09.

 

Soldiers from the Queen’s Own Rifles deployed to Pangnirtung as the security detail for a port inspection dive team during training on Operation NANOOK 09. The CC-138 Twin Otter from 440 Squadron, Yellowknife is flying patrols in support of Operation NANOOK 09.

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Members of the Arctic Response Company Group formed of Reservists from 32 Canadian Brigade Group transit the beachhead during Operation NANOOK 09. Members of the Arctic Response Group conducted training throughout the region during the operation.

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Old meets new. Photo copyright Reuters

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