Dropping meteorological buoys in the Arctic

On July 9, 2019, during the annual Arctic Buoy drop mission, Corporal Joe Gervais and Master Corporal Marc Lapensee push a large buoy carrying a GPS and enough batteries to last five years from the back of their CC-130 Hercules aircraft to the Arctic icepack below. They are from 424 Transport and Rescue Squadron, based at 8 Wing Trenton, Ontario, as is the Hercules. PHOTO: Ignatius Rigor

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The second week of July, 2019, was an exciting one for some members of 413 Search and Rescue Squadron as they left 14 Wing Greenwood, Nova Scotia, and headed north for the Arctic Buoy drop. This was the first time 14 Wing had been tasked with this annual mission.

The crew flew to Resolute Bay, Nunavut, which served as their home base for the two days it took to successfully drop the buoys. Resolute Bay is an Inuit hamlet on Cornwallis Island, with a population of about 200. This time of year, they experience 24 hours of daylight and an average temperature of 4.5°C. Read the rest of the article . . .

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