The Petawawa Cabin Fever Snow Squalifier and Fundamental Skill Competition was held on Jan. 20 at Dundonald Hall. It saw 92 swimmers from four different clubs. Petawawa Predator Swim Club member Katryna Yandernoll bobs out of the water for a quick breath. (Photo by Patricia Leboeuf, Petawawa Post)
Members of 3rd Battalion, The Royal Canadian Regiment (3 RCR), based at Garrison Petawawa, on Northern Exercise 2018 (NOREX 18) deploy on a task to secure simulated military aircraft debris near Arctic Bay, Nunavut on Feb. 9. NOREX 18, being held in and around Resolute, Nunavut from February 4 to 17, is aimed at maintaining an Arctic response capability and is designed to ensure Canadian Army personnel have the ability to move, communicate, and command under harsh weather conditions, and in remote locations. During the exercise, soldiers honed their skills in survivability, mobility, and sustainability, and worked alongside Canadian Rangers from 1st Canadian Ranger Patrol Group(Photo by Sub-Lieutenant Andrew McLaughlin, 4th Canadian Division Public Affairs Officer)
Canadian Army Deploys to the Arctic to Conduct Northern Exercise 2018 (NOREX 18)
Posted on Thursday February 15, 2018
OTTAWA - Approximately 235 members from 4th Canadian Division, the Canadian Army in Ontario, are conducting Northern Exercise 2018 (NOREX 18) in and around Resolute, Nunavut from February 4 to 17, 2018.
NOREX 2018 is aimed at maintaining an Arctic response capability and is designed to ensure Canadian Army personnel have the ability to move, communicate, and command under harsh weather conditions, and in remote locations.
During the exercise, soldiers honed their skills in survivability, mobility, and sustainability, and had the opportunity to work alongside Canadian Rangers from 1st Canadian Ranger Patrol Group.
Exercises like NOREX 18 fulfill one of the pillars of Canada’s Defence Policy: Strong, Secure, Engaged. The Government of Canada is ensuring that Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) training meets the highly technical requirements of modern militaries through training and certification. Strong, Secure, Engaged provides the CAF with the force size and equipment it needs to succeed across the full spectrum of military operations including humanitarian assistance and disaster relief, peace support operations, or combat.
“NOREX 18 will demonstrate our ability to rapidly respond to emergencies in the far North within its austere and harsh winter conditions,” said Brigadier-General Stephen Cadden, Commander 4th Canadian Division. “These exercises help to improve and sustain our Arctic expertise in support of Canada’s defence priorities in Northern Canada and to serve our most remote communities.”
The Canadian Army participants in NOREX 18 include members of the following units:
• 31 Canadian Brigade Group, headquartered in London, Ontario
• 2 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group, headquartered in Petawawa, Ontario
• 1st Canadian Ranger Patrol Group, headquartered in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories
The exercise also included replicating a first response by the CAF to a major air disaster scenario in an Arctic location. Soldiers were trained on the planning and response to this situation.
Along with search and rescue operations, soldiers also demonstrated Arctic survival and winter warfare skills in a harsh climate, this will include weapons familiarization, operating survival equipment and conducting patrols.
The CAF is dedicated to enhancing its ability to operate in the Arctic, alongside the Canadian Rangers, to improve surveillance, control, and functional capacities with our Arctic allies and NATO.
“This challenging exercise is an incredible opportunity for our soldiers to test their survivability, mobility, and sustainability in Canada’s Arctic, while ensuring we can provide support and operate when and where Canadians require us,” said Lieutenant-Colonel Perry Rittershofer, NOREX 18 Exercise Director.