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Archived - Canadian Armed Forces showcase operational capabilities in High Arctic
March 20, 2015
OTTAWA—Today in Resolute Bay, military exercise NOREX 2015 begins and will run until March 30, with approximately 200 Canadian Army Regular and Reserve Force soldiers, including Canadian Rangers, participating in the exercise.
NOREX 2015 will include live fire exercises and patrols in isolated areas, with the soldiers facing harsh winter conditions as they highlight the Canadian Army's ability to assert Canada's sovereignty in the Arctic.
- The Canadian Army participants in NOREX 2015 are members of the following units:
- 31 Canadian Brigade Group (31 CBG), headquartered in London, Ontario
- 2 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group (2 CMBG), headquartered in Petawawa, Ontario
- 1st Canadian Ranger Patrol Group, headquartered in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories
- 31 CBG and 2 CMBG are part of 4th Canadian Division, which is responsible for all Canadian Army Regular and Reserve Force elements in Ontario, with the exception of a portion of northwestern Ontario, which falls under 3rd Canadian Division.
- The Canadian Rangers are the “eyes and ears” of the Canadian Armed Forces in the sparsely settled northern, coastal and isolated areas of Canada, and they conduct surveillance and sovereignty patrols as required.
“The ability for Canadian soldiers to operate so effectively in the Arctic is a testament to the world class skills they possess. Our Government is committed to maintaining operational capabilities in Canada's north, as we continue to monitor and respond to any activity or aggression that threatens our sovereignty.”The Honourable Julian Fantino, Associate Minister of National Defence
“Every time our soldiers train in our Northern regions, we achieve three goals: we exercise Canada’s sovereignty in the region, we advance Canadian Armed Forces capabilities for Arctic operations; and we improve interdepartmental coordination and interoperability in response to Northern safety and security issues. I’m very proud of the key role our soldiers play in this vital part of the Canada First Defence Strategy.”Lieutenant-General Marquis Hainse, Commander Canadian Army
“NOREX 2015 is a tremendous opportunity for 4th Canadian Division soldiers to test their survivability, mobility and sustainability in Canada’s Arctic, ensuring our men and women in uniform remain prepared to assist Canadians wherever and whenever military help is required.”Brigadier-General Lowell Thomas, Commander 4th Canadian Division
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