Canadian Armed Forces completing Operation NANOOK 2019

Members of 1st Battalion, The Royal Canadian Regiment (1RCR) deployed on Operation NANOOK-NUNALIVUT prepare their Light Over Snow Vehicles (LOSV) and load Qamutiks with supplies to support operations in Resolute Bay, NU on March 23, 2019. Photo: Avr Jérôme J.X. Lessard

Canadian Armed Forces completing Operation NANOOK 2019


Aug. 30, 2019

Global Korean Post


Operation (Op) NANOOK, Canada’s annual northern sovereignty operation, will come to another successful conclusion on September 13.


This operation is conducted in communities and locations across Canada’s Arctic including Nunavut, Yukon, Northwest Territories, and the Northwest Passage.

This year’s operation included the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF), other Government Departments and Agencies, domestic, and international partners.


This year’s Op NANOOK was conducted in four parts:

  • Op NANOOK-NUNALIVUT: Northwest Territories, March 17-April 01
    o   Main focus: High Arctic winter operations
  • Op NANOOK-TATIGIIT: Yukon, May 27-June 07
    o   Main focus: Wildfire evacuation training
  • Op NANOOK-NUNAKPUT: Nunavut, August 11-30
    o   Main focus: Presence along and monitoring of Northwest Passage
  • Op NANOOK-TUUGAALIK: Northwest Passage, August 09-September 13
    o   Main focus: Naval presence along and monitoring of Northwest Passage


Common to all aspects of Op NANOOK is the respectful partnership between the CAF and the peoples and communities indigenous to Canada’s North. Canadian Ranger units and local governments all contributed greatly to the success of Operation NANOOK 2019.

An annual event since 2007, Op NANOOK enhances Canada’s surveillance and presence across its northernmost regions, strengthens coordination with whole-of-government partners and the way Canada’s military operates in arctic conditions.


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