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YK to see spike in armed forces for annual northern operation

There’ll be a spike in the number of armed forces members in Yellowknife from 27 February to 7 March 2021, as they undertake Operation Nanook-Nunalivut.

Around 25 personnel from the Joint Task Force Support Component arrived in Yellowknife on February, to undergo 14 days of mandatory isolation.

The annual northern exercise aims to improve the armed forces’ preparedness for defending Canada’s territory in the Arctic.

A statement from National Defence said Yellowknife residents ”may notice an increase in military air and ground traffic in the region during this time as Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) personnel and equipment are transported and employed in or near various communities.”

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“Deployed CAF personnel will adhere to Protect NWT COVID-19 preventative measures, and activities are being carefully planned to mitigate potential risk of exposure to COVID-19 by military members and the local population,” said in a statement. 

“CAF personnel taking part in Op Nanook-Nunalivut 21 will be staying in separate military accommodations in Yellowknife or on the land away from the local community.”

The statement added “every effort will be made” to minimize the impact on local residents and the environment.

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