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  Friday, Feb 15 2018 

 

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Army Rangers test armed forces and humanitarian response

By Sub-Lieutenant Andrew McLaughlin, Public Affairs Officer/Photo Ordinary Seaman Albert Domingo, 4th Canadian Division Public Affairs

 

Sergeant Cameron Bruce of the Arctic Response Company Group and Sergeant Joe Amarualik of 1st Canadian Ranger Patrol Group (1 CRPG), teach Ranger James Saittuq of 1 CRPG how to operate a C9 light machine gun in Resolute, Nunavut during NOREX 2017 on March 26, 2017.

 

pproximately 235 members from 4th Canadian Division, the Canadian Army in Ontario, will conduct Northern Exercise 2018 (NOREX 18) in and around Resolute, Nunavut from February 4 to 17, 2018.

NOREX 2018 is aimed at maintaining an Arctic response capability and is designed to ensure Canadian Army personnel have the ability to move, communicate, and command under harsh weather conditions, and in remote locations. Furthermore, Canadian Army personnel will be exercising first response scenarios. During the exercise, soldiers will hone their skills in survivability, mobility, and sustainability, and will have the opportunity to work alongside Canadian Rangers from 1st Canadian Ranger Patrol Group.

“NOREX 18 will demonstrate our ability to rapidly respond to emergencies in the far North within its austere and harsh winter conditions. These exercises help to improve and sustain our Arctic expertise in support of Canada’s defence priorities in Northern Canada and to serve our most remote communities," said Brigadier-General Stephen Cadden, Commander 4th Canadian Division.

Exercises like NOREX 18 fulfill one of the pillars of Canada’s Defence Policy: Strong, Secure, Engaged. The Government of Canada is ensuring that Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) training meets the highly technical requirements of modern militaries through training and certification. Strong, Secure, Engaged provides the CAF with the force size and equipment it needs to succeed across the full spectrum of military operations including humanitarian assistance and disaster relief, peace support operations, or combat.

 


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