Canada’s elite special operations forces get the limelight in Op Nanook – by Jessica Murphy (Toronto Sun – August 25, 2012)posted in Canada Mining, Canadian/International Media Resource Articles, Oil and Gas Sector-Politics and Image |
Prime Minister Harper says we’re ready to fight to protect our northern resources
CHURCHILL, MB – This year’s Operation Nanook sent a clear message – Canada is ready and willing to protect the North and its Arctic sovereignty. The military billed it as the largest and most complex northern training operation the armed forces has held to date – taking place over the course of a month in both the Western Arctic and in northern Manitoba.
And on Friday, it included the public unveiling of the special operations forces, and the first time the elite unit displayed its capabilities to Canadians and the rest of the world.
Brig.-Gen. Denis Thompson, commander of the special operations forces, said the goal of the display was “deterring those who would do harm to us and reassuring the Canadian public they could handle any threat. ”It’s important for them to be seen to be contributing to Canada’s defence because a lot of what we do is in the shadows,” he said.
But don’t expect that to change – Thompson said the public exercise was a one-off event for the forces command, founded in 1993 and known for its off-the-radar covert operations.
In Hudson Bay, off the Manitoba shoreline, some 30 special forces operators – including Joint Task Force 2 soldiers – took part in a counter-terrorism simulation, boarding an eco-tourism vessel believed to contain a person who posed a threat to national security.
The 15-minute exercise included support from the Navy, Air Force, the RCMP and the coast guard.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper, who ended his annual multi-day northern tour in Churchill, watched the special operations forces rappel onto the vessel from Griffon helicopters and climb in from light, high-performance boats to contain the simulated threat.
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