Watch the March 21 episode of Defence Team News!

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In this episode, we highlight:

  • Operation NUNALIVUT 2018; and
  • International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination


Welcome back to Defence Team News, I’m Lt(N) Jeffrey Lura.

And I’m Shelley Van Hoof. Here are the headlines at Defence.

Operation NUNALIVUT 2018 will be wrapping up in and around Resolute Bay and Cambridge Bay, Nunavut this week.

Today, we’re joined by Deputy Commanding Officer, Lieutenant Commander Melissa Syer to learn more about this Joint-Task Force North operation.

Hello Lieutenant Commander Syer. Can you please explain the purpose of Operation NUNALIVUT?

Operation NUNALIVUT is our annual sovereignty operation located in Canada’s high Arctic. The main purpose of Operation NUNALIVUT is to exercise and demonstrate the Canadian Armed Forces’ ability to operate in an austere environment.

What is your role specific to Operation NUNALIVUT?

I’m the Deputy Task Force Commander, so I work right for the Task Force Commander in the Headquarters, located in Resolute Bay. So we oversee the command and control of the entire task force, both in Resolute Bay and Cambridge Bay.

Who is participating in this operation?

So in this year’s operation we have individuals from the 2nd Battalion, Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry, they make up the main body based in Resolute Bay and they’re joined by a platoon from ARCG, Arctic Response Company Group, and the Headquarters, of course, in Resolute Bay, overseeing the command and control. In Cambridge Bay, we have fleet diving unit Atlantic who are joined by other governmental departments in that operation, as well as a platoon from the 2nd Battalion, Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry, and helping throughout the entire operation are our Canadian Rangers, the 1st Canadian Ranger Patrol Group.

What kinds of activities will members be conducting and what skills are they expected to gain?

So the main thrust of the operation is about visibility and presence in the North, and again, demonstrating that ability to operate in an austere environment. So, a lot of that is achieved through patrols, but we also have some training conducted by the Canadian Rangers, teaching the troops up from the South how to survive and operate in Canada’s North. And the ice divers down in Cambridge Bay will be learning how to dive in an austere environment and they’ll be sharing those experiences with the other governmental departments with whom they’re diving.

Thank you very much for joining us Lieutenant Commander Syer.

My pleasure.

In conjunction with Operation NUNALIVUT, Defence scientists are conducting field work related to CAF operations in extreme cold weather conditions. They will look at a number of different factors such as health risks including cold weather injuries, shelter systems, and energy and power systems for deployed operations. The data obtained will be vital to improving the conditions for CAF personnel and success of operations in austere environments such as Canada’s high Arctic.

The Royal Canadian Air Force also supported the operation by transporting personnel and equipment to Cambridge Bay and Resolute Bay with Twin Otters, C17 and a C130.

Today is the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. This year’s theme is Equity Engaged.

The Defence Team is committed to building a fair, respectful, and welcoming environment for all civilian and military members.

Everyone has the right to be treated fairly, respectfully, and with dignity in a workplace that is free of discrimination according to the Canadian Human Rights Act.

That’s it for us. Thank you so much for watching. See you next time…

…for Defence Team News!

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