,It,s covering a larger chunk of the North than has ever been covered,, said Capt. Conrad Schubert with the 1st Canadian Ranger Patrol Group.
The five patrols will form a rough triangle, with one patrol leaving from Ellesmere Island, three more from Prince Patrick Island, and a fifth from Resolute Bay.
Put together, that covers an area of about 250,000 square kilometres, he
The operation is the first time Ranger patrols will receive guidance from Twin Otters flying overhead.It will also be the first time separate patrols will attempt to meet up in the middle of nowhere.Except for a few Rangers from Resolute, the terrain will be unknown to everyone, Schubert
Planners hope they,ll have better weather than Rangers from several Kivalliq communities who planned a sovereignty exercise last week.Blizzards forced them to cancel the mission.
Operation Nunalivut,s patrols will inspect abandoned runways and buildings along their route.If they,re found in good shape, the structures could be used in emergencies, for instance, in the event of a passenger jet crashing in the Arctic, Schubert
The military has invited the Governor General to meet them on the ice, but as of this Tuesday, they had not heard back, said Schubert