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Yellowknife Company LER gets a new home
"Eighteen months ago there was one member," says C Coy Officer Commanding Captain Conrad Schubert.
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Captain Conrad Schubert, information officer with the 1st Canadian Ranger Patrol Group, said the soldiers are not using military planes "because we can't get them."
"The forces only have a handful of flying *Hercules* aircraft.They have a much larger number sitting on the ground waiting for [repair].They say it's in Haiti; it's in Afghanistan; it's somewhere else," he
"So we are chartering these aircraft at enormous expense because the force just doesn't have enough.We always look across at the Alaska National Guard
and they have more *Hercules* than Canada does in the whole country.Maybe we should apply for foreign aid," he
joked.The cost of the patrols is money well spent, said Major Stewart Gibson, commander of the patrol group, who led the most recent trek, during which he suffered frostbite.
"Bigger and longer patrols establish a highly visible presence and confirm Canada's sovereignty over these vast areas," he
said earlier, before the specific figures were released.He
was not available yesterday.
,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
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"We're going to be covering a larger piece of the north than has ever been covered before in a patrol of this kind," said Captain Conrad Schubert, a spokesman for the 1st Canadian Ranger Patrol Group (1CRPG).
"There have been a lot of logistics to sort out and it is all nicely co-ordinated on paper.
Now we have to see how it co-ordinates on ice," he
"There is a fair amount of semi-abandoned infrastructure in the Arctic that is still serviceable but not currently used," said Capt. Schubert
At Mould Bay, for instance, there is an abandoned Environment Canada weather station with living quarters and a transport shed where snowploughs and trucks remain.
The soldiers will try to restart the equipment and the station's generators after years of remaining frozen, silent and still.
"This is an opportunity for us to see what the problems are operating out of a structure or station that has been abandoned for many years" said Capt. Schubert
Captain Conrad Schubert Unit Information Officer 1st Canadian Ranger Patrol Group Phone: (867) 873-0700, ext. 0758 firstname.lastname@example.org