Joint Task Force North begins Operation Nunalivut in Resolute
Yellowknife, N.W.T. - Joint Task Force North is back on the land this month as Operation Nunalivut began in Resolute yesterday.
The operation, one of three major exercises performed during the year in the North, will have two main focuses this year - search and rescue training and Northern ground patrol scenarios.
JTFN's commander, Brig. Gen. Guy Hamel, said the search and rescue portion will involve a dive operation into frigid waters.
“Basically, they’re going to do dive through the ice and they will work in co-operation with (the Department of National) Defence and Research and Development Canada,” he said.
The dive operation will also include a survey of the HMS Breadalbane, which was sunk in 1853 while searching for explorer Sir John Franklin.
Hamel said the diving exercise will expose new divers to the area and it's also a chance to try out some new tools.
“We always bring new divers and try new equipment to see how we operate in that kind of climate,” he said.
This is the first mission for JTFN since the First Air crash in Resolute last August, which happened during Operation Nanook.
The operation will officially wrap up on May 1.
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