Operation Nunalivut: Danes join Canadians in Arctic mission

The Canadian Press – Two teams of Danish army pooches will mush alongside a large Canadian military operation in the Arctic next month, marking a thaw in relations between two countries often seen as rivals in the rush for Arctic spoils. About 180 Canadian Forces members will participate in Operation Nunalivut (and backgrounder), the latest exercise in a continuing campaign to assert the country’s political and military presence in the High Arctic – an effort that falls short of what’s needed to ward off territorial claims from other countries, some Arctic experts say. While the barren territory will be new for them, they’ll be joined by a four-legged Danish military unit known as [Slædepatruljen] SIRIUS (Danish), the world’s only military dog-sled patrol, which has been roaming the area since the dawn of the Cold War.

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