True North, Strong, Proud and Ready: Canadian Army trains in Arctic exercises

Link to External Site / February 19, 2014 / Project number: NR-14-022

Approximately 2 350 Canadian soldiers from across the country are taking part in several Arctic training exercises over the next two months. These exercises aim to maintain and refine both the Canadian Army’s operational capabilities and soldiers’ ability to operate in the Arctic’s austere conditions.

During these exercises, soldiers will have the opportunity to refine skills that enable them to operate in some of the most isolated and challenging areas of Canada. They will execute a wide range of tactics, techniques and procedures including: Arctic survival; search and rescue; live fire; Arctic patrols; and quick response to a simulated threat or hazard in Canada’s North.

The training is focused on the integrating Canadian Army soldiers (Regular and Reserve Force) with the Canadian Rangers, who are the eyes and ears of the military in sparsely settled and isolated northern regions.  The Canadian Army has also invited soldiers from the United States Army National Guard and the Polish Armed Forces to take part in the training, strengthening interoperability between Canada and these nations.

Quick Facts

The list of Arctic training exercises is as follows:

NORTHERN SOJOURN

Location: Happy Valley-Goose Bay, Newfoundland and Labrador
Dates: February 3–March 9, 2014
Size: Approximately 1 200 soldiers (including approximately 30 soldiers from the U.S. Army National Guard and approximately eight soldiers from the Polish 6th Airborne Brigade)
Lead: 5th Canadian Division

ARCTIC RAM

Location: Kugaaruk, Nunavut
Dates: February 13–26, 2014
Size: Approximately 500 soldiers
Lead: 3rd Canadian Division

TRILLIUM RESPONSE

Location: Rankin Inlet, Nunavut
Dates: February 15–23, 2014
Size: Approximately 350 soldiers
Lead: 4th Canadian Division

GUERRIER NORDIQUE

Location: Iqaluit, Nunavut
Dates: March 1–9, 2014
Size: Approximately 185 soldiers
Lead: 2nd Canadian Division

SABRE GLACÉ

Location: Resolute Bay, Nunavut
Dates: March 20–April 1, 2014
Size: Approximately 115 soldiers
Lead: 2nd Canadian Division

Quotes

 “Our Government is committed to protecting our Northern sovereignty. The Department of National Defence and the Canadian Armed Forces have a significant role to play in exercising our sovereignty and these Arctic exercises contribute to a more visible Canadian presence in the North.
Honourable Rob Nicholson
Minister of National Defence

 “These exercises enable the Canadian Army to hone the unique skills required to operate in the Arctic. They provide the perfect opportunity to enhance the capabilities that allow our soldiers to support the Government of Canada’s priorities within the Canada First Defence Strategy mandate.” 
Lieutenant-General Marquis Hainse
Commander of the Canadian Army

Associated Links

Canadian Army website
Canadian Army Facebook
Canadian Army Twitter
Canadian Army Youtube
Canadian Army Flickr
The Canadian Rangers

Related Products

Canada’s Northern Strategy
Defending Canada
Canada First Defence Strategy

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Contacts

Major Maryse Lavoie
Senior Public Affairs Officer
2nd Canadian Division
514-252-2777 x4378
maryse.lavoie@forces.gc.ca

Captain Brian Kominar
Public Affairs Officer
1 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group
3rd Canadian Division
780-973-1942
mailto:brian.kominar@forces.gc.ca

Captain Carrie Pluck
Public Affairs Officer
4th Canadian Division
416-633-6200 x5501
carrie.pluck@forces.gc.ca

Major Mark Gough
Senior Public Affairs Officer
5th Canadian Division
902-427-7576
mark.gough2@forces.gc.ca

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