MIL­I­TARY EX­ER­CISE IN ARC­TIC AIMS TO SEND MES­SAGE OF UNITY

National Post (National Edition) - - CANADA -

Canada and some of its clos­est al­lies are launch­ing a ma­jor naval ex­er­cise in the Arc­tic that aim to send a mes­sage of unity with­out spread­ing COVID-19. The three-week train­ing ex­er­cise, launched on Tues­day and known as Op­er­a­tion Nanook, has been a main­stay for the Cana­dian Armed Forces since 2007, but this is the first year that the U.S., France and Den­mark will all be par­tic­i­pat­ing. Cana­dian and U.S. naval of­fi­cers say the in­volve­ment of those other na­tions re­flects the im­por­tance of co-op­er­a­tion with al­lies when con­duct­ing mil­i­tary op­er­a­tions in the Far North. More coun­tries are start­ing to in­crease their in­ter­est — and mil­i­tary foot­prints — in the Far North, with many Western eyes on Rus­sia and China in par­tic­u­lar. Cana­dian of­fi­cials say this year’s op­er­a­tion will only in­clude naval vessels and air­craft.

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