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CF-18 Hornets fly in High Arctic

From January 18 to 20, 2021, as part of the Canadian Armed Forces’ ongoing commitment to an enduring presence in the furthest reaches of the Arctic, the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) conducted High Arctic air training involving two CF-18 Hornet fighters and one CC-150T Polaris air-to-air refueling aircraft operating from Iqaluit, Nunavut.

CF18 Arctic Air Training
Two CF-18 fighter jets are part of a training mission involving an Arctic patrol up the North East side of Baffin Island, in the vicinity of Nanisivik, Nunavut. (Photo: Cpl Zebulon Salmaniw, 8 Wing Imaging)

The training saw CF-18 fighter jets from Bagotville, Quebec rendezvous with a CC-150T Polaris air-to-air refueler over Baffin Bay where they successfully conducted air-to-air refueling before continuing North for the remainder of the mission conducting an Arctic patrol up the North-East side of Baffin Island, in the vicinity of Nanisivik, Nunavut.

Training like this demonstrates the RCAF’s ability to operate in the High Arctic. It enhances the RCAF’s ongoing support to operations and exercises, and showcases the Canadian Armed Forces’ ability to project force into the region so that we can work cooperatively with our partners. 

“The Arctic is a fundamental part of Canada and this type of training strengthens situational awareness and information sharing with our Arctic partners and Allies while enhancing our agility and reach into Canada's northernmost territories, affirmed Major-General Eric Kenny, Commander of 1 Canadian Air Division in a press release today.

Two CF-18 fighter jets successfully conducted air-to-air refueling with a CC-150T Polaris air-to-air refueler over Baffin Bay before continuing North. (Photo: Cpl Dominic Duchesne-Beaulieu, 3 Wing Imaging)

Royal Canadian Air Force CF-18 Hornet is Canada’s air defence fighter and is a key participant in air defence exercises and operations domestically and around the world; ensuring air sovereignty as part of North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) or working with our NATO allies to provide Air Policing in Romania under Operation REASSURANCE.

Royal Canadian Air Force’s CC-150T Polaris air-to-air refuelers support Canadian Armed Forces strategic airlift and air-to-air refuelling roles for domestic and overseas operations, as well as for NORAD, including Arctic operations