The US Navy has announced that it is taking part in the Operation NANOOK-TUUGAALIK 2020 along with other allied navies.

NANOOK-TUUGAALIK is the maritime component of the NANOOK series of deployments and training events.

Canada’s annual northern sovereignty operation is being conducted in communities and locations across Canada’s Arctic, including Nunavut, Yukon, Northwest Territories, and the Northwest Passage.

US 2nd Fleet vice-commander Canadian Rear Admiral Steven Waddell said: “Operating together in or near Canada’s Arctic waters presents a mutually beneficial opportunity for allies to enhance their Arctic capabilities.

“The opportunity to work with allies and partners in challenging environments only makes us better as we develop and hone unique skillsets to improve the readiness of all participants.”

Participating assets include USS Thomas Hudner (DDG 116) guided-missile destroyer, the Royal Canadian Navy ships HMCS Glace Bay, HMCS Ville de Quebec, and MV Asterix; DDG 116, US Helicopter Maritime Strike (HSM) 46.2, the US Coast Guard cutter USCGC Tahoma, French Navy coastal patrol vessel FS Fulmar, and the Royal Danish Navy frigate HDMS Triton.

Operation NANOOK comprises a series of comprehensive, joint, inter-agency and multinational activities.

The US is one of eight Arctic nations. Since 2007, Operation NANOOK has been conducted annually.

US 2nd Fleet commander vice-admiral Andrew Lewis said: “The US is an Arctic nation, and this region is important to our national security, this is why we participate in events like Operation NANOOK.

“A stable, rules-based order in the Arctic benefits all Arctic nations by facilitating economic development, fostering regional cooperation on shared challenges, and ensuring a stable, conflict-free Arctic.”