Operation Nanook 2011

U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Willow conducts a man-overboard drill during their transit to the Arctic for Operation Nanook. Crews practice drills to ensure members are ready for any emergency. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Luke Clayton.

U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Willow conducts a man-overboard drill during their transit to the Arctic for Operation Nanook. Crews practice drills to ensure members are ready for any emergency. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Luke Clayton.

The waters of the Arctic are a unique place to operate and require not only specialized equipment and capabilities but also tailor-made training. It was just this type of special training Coast Guard Cutter Willow participated in during last week’s Operation Nanook – an annual military exercise developed for those who perform missions in the arctic.

Coast Guard Cutter Willow sits anchored while the HMCS Summerside maneuvers alongside Aug. 13, 2011. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Luke Clayton.

Coast Guard Cutter Willow sits anchored while the HMCS Summerside maneuvers alongside Aug. 13, 2011. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Luke Clayton.

While Operation Nanook trained arctic operators it also focused on the partnerships that are so critical in performing missions in the cold, ice-infested environment. The international operation, designed to enhance maritime interoperability, featured the Canadian navy, army and air force, Danish military components, Royal Canadian Mounted Police and numerous other forces.

Willow’s crew, joined by a team of Coast Guard divers, tested the operational limits of the cutter and evaluated the ship’s capabilities in the Arctic. With the support of the other forces, the crew practiced new techniques, shared ideas and identified ways to improve coordination efforts in the Arctic region.

To read the full story of Coast Guard Cutter Willow’s involvement in Operation Nanook, including dive operations, naval warfare, maritime law enforcement, pollution response and search and rescue, visit the Coast Guard Northeast blog post here.

 

A crewman from Coast Guard Cutter Willow scans the ocean as the ship transits north on its way to the Arctic. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Luke Clayton.

A crewman from Coast Guard Cutter Willow scans the ocean as the ship transits north on its way to the Arctic. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Luke Clayton.

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