June 28, 2016 – Yellowknife, NWT – National Defence / Canadian Armed Forces
Approximately 100 Canadian Armed Forces personnel and civilian members from the Department of National Defence have completed Operation NEVUS 2016 – the performance of essential preventive and corrective maintenance on the High Arctic Data Communications System (HADCS) in and around Canadian Forces Station (CFS) Alert, Nunavut, located on Ellesmere Island, from June 1 to 28, 2016.
The month-long operation involved CAF Information Operations Group technicians, Geomatics Technicians from the CAF Mapping and Charting Establishment, and several aircrew and aircraft from the Royal Canadian Air Force, including: one CC-130J Hercules and one CC-177 Globemaster from 8 Wing Trenton, Ontario; three CH-146 Griffons from 430 Tactical Helicopter Squadron in Valcartier, Quebec; a CH-147 Chinook from 450 Tactical Helicopter Squadron in Petawawa, Ontario; and one CC-138 Twin Otter from Yellowknife-based 440 Transport Squadron.
During Operation NEVUS 2016, technicians travelled between CFS Alert and Fort Eureka by helicopter, maintaining and repairing communication components and sites. The Mapping and Charting Team conducted surveys of CFS Alert, Fort Eureka, and the HADCS sites.
Operation NEVUS is one of an annual series of operations conducted by Joint Task Force North in the High Arctic that contributes to Canadian sovereignty.
“Operation NEVUS 2016 has been a success due, in large part, to the initiative and energy demonstrated by this highly professional team. Each member of the operation worked tirelessly to ensure that his or her assigned tasks were completed to the highest standards and with due regard for the environment in which they operated. I am privileged to have had the opportunity to work with such a highly capable team, and I am proud of the work they have accomplished during this year’s operation.”
Major Meagan McGrath, Commanding Officer, Task Force NEVUS 2016