Canadian NORAD Region to lead bi-national exercise in the North and High Arctic
News Article / May 25, 2015
From the Department of National Defence
The Canadian NORAD Region is leading an exercise that will see Canadian and American military personnel and aircraft deploying to various locations in the North and High Arctic to train in aerospace detection and defence from May 25 to June 1, 2015.
Exercise Amalgam Dart will involve approximately 300 military personnel and 15 aircraft staging air operations from Alaska, the Northwest Territories and Nunavut to confirm integration procedures of NORAD’s bi-national force and to benefit from realistic training scenarios in the North and High Arctic.
“Exercise Amalgam Dart challenges our forces to deploy and operate in the most challenging environment our continent has to offer,” said Major-General David Wheeler, the commander of 1 Canadian Air Division / Canadian NORAD Region. “While the Canadian NORAD Region was entrusted to lead this year’s effort, it is only through the seamless integration and cooperation of our partners from the other NORAD regions that we can meet our objectives. This year will have the unique component of pushing our personnel to perform their mission in the most northern limits of our area of responsibility.”
The exercise provides valuable field training involving multiple NORAD regions and the deployment of air assets to Forward Operating Locations (FOLs) in Canada allowing NORAD to maintain a credible, flexible and ready capability to respond to a variety of threats and situations.
It aims to deploy aerospace detection assets to the northern limit of its area of responsibility, deploy air assets and sustain military operations from FOLs, and maintain the highest level of readiness of its bi-national force.
The participation of the following aircraft and personnel from Canada and the United States is planned for Exercise Amalgam Dart:
- At FOL Yellowknife: United States F-15 Eagles.
- At FOL Inuvik: Royal Canadian Air Force CF-188 Hornets and a CC-130T Hercules air-to-air refueller.
- In Resolute Bay: a Royal Canadian Air Force mobile radar squadron.
- At Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska: United States KC-135 Stratotankers and a Royal Canadian Air Force CC-150T Polaris air-to-air refueller.
- At Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska: United States F-22 fighters and E-3 Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) aircraft.
“NORAD plays a critical role in the defence of our homelands, and this mission has never been more important,” said Admiral William E. Gortney, the commander of NORAD and United States Northern Command. “Exercise Amalgam Dart builds on our previous successes to ensure we can provide the governments of Canada and the United States with an agile and capable force. Through exercises such as these, we will continue to prepare NORAD forces to face all air threats to our homelands, including those coming from the North and High Arctic.”
The North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) is a bi-national command formed by a partnership between Canada and the United States. NORAD provides maritime warning, aerospace warning and aerospace control for North America.
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