Canadian Arctic Readiness Exercises

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    Arctic Readiness Canadian Army trains in Canada's North

    February 8, 2016

    OTTAWA — Starting today until early March, approximately 2,500 Canadian Army soldiers from the Regular Force, Primary Reserve and the Canadian Rangers, will be training in several areas of Canada’s North. The Canadian Army aims to maintain and sharpen its operational capabilities in austere Arctic environments.

    The Canadian Army maintains readiness and continues to enhance its ability to operate in the North by training in highly challenging conditions in some of Canada’s most isolated regions. Troops will develop and test their advanced cold-weather survival skills, as well as prepare for quick responses to simulated threats and domestic emergencies, such as natural disasters, extreme weather events and other hazards. Highlights of the exercises will include parachute jumps and engagement involving remote First Nations communities.

    The exercises offer soldiers a valuable opportunity to collaborate with the Canadian Rangers, local communities, as well as other government departments and agencies. Soldiers from the United States Army National Guard, the New Zealand and Polish Armed Forces have also been invited to take part in the training in an effort to strengthen interoperability between Canada and these nations.

    Quick Facts
    The list of Northern exercises is as follows:
    Locations: Montréal, St-Jean, Puvirnituq, Akulivik, Inukjuak, Québec
    Dates: 16 February – 6 March, 2016
    Size: 1,000 soldiers
    Lead: 2nd Canadian Division

    Locations: Resolute Bay, NU, and Yellowknife, NWT
    Dates: 8 February – 22 February, 2016
    Size: Approximately 200 soldiers
    Lead: 3rd Canadian Division

    Location: Pickle Lake and 13 remote First Nations communities in Northern Ontario
    Dates: 13 February – 21 February, 2016
    Size: Approximately 900 soldiers
    Lead: 4th Canadian Division

    Location: Goose Bay, Nain, Saglek, Big Bay, Postville, Cape Kiglapait, NL
    Dates: 8 February – 23 February, 2016
    Size: 180 soldiers (6 U.S., 5 New Zealand and 8 Polish soldiers participating)
    Lead: 5th Canadian Division

    Location: Goose Bay, Nain, Cape Kakiviak, Saglek, Cape Kiglaplt, Big Bay, Tukialik, and Cartwright, NL
    Dates: 4 March – 12 March, 2016
    Size: 231 soldiers (Primary Reserve)
    Lead: 5th Canadian Division

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