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Canadian Forces patrol heads out on sovereignty patrol in High Arctic
Date: Monday, March 26 2007
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March 24, 2007
Canadian Forces patrol heads out on sovereignty patrol in High Arctic

RESOLUTE BAY, Nunavut (CP) - A 24-member Canadian Forces patrol headed out Saturday on an 8,000-kilometre trek by snowmobile to confirm Canada's sovereignty in the High Arctic and to check for signs of polar bear hunters.

It will be the longest distance every travelled by a sovereignty patrol in Canadian history.

"My guys are pumped up. They're ready to conquer the entire Arctic alone to make it," said Maj. Chris Bergeron, commanding officer of 1st Canadian Ranger Patrol Group.

"We've got lots of obstacles to go through but we have a good chance to make it."

The three-week patrol, launched at a cost of almost $1 million, will include members of the Regular Forces and Canadian Rangers, who are part-time reserve soldiers.

They will go in three teams and will face stretches of open water, hard rock, impassable ice and will have to winch machines up a waterfall.

Two teams will drive to Eureka, a remote weather station on Ellesmere Island and from there travel around the island before joining up again at Canadian Forces Station Alert at the northern tip of the island.

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