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ARCTIC RAM: Canadian Armed Forces depart on northernmost training exercise ever

Group leaves Winnipeg to head 125 km north of Resolute Bay, Nunavut to 'recover' a downed satellite - and Metro is there.

CAF members and media board a C-17 Globemaster III Saturday morning for Exercise ARCTIC RAM.

Braeden Jones/Metro

CAF members and media board a C-17 Globemaster III Saturday morning for Exercise ARCTIC RAM.

Metro Winnipeg's Braeden Jones is embeded with 38 Canadian Brigade Group, one of Canada's four Arctic Response Company Groups, near Resolute Bay, Nunavut this week.

A Canadian Armed Forces brigade will make history this week as they conduct their northrnmost training exercise ever.

About 120 members of 38 Canadian Brigade Group left 17 Wing Winnipeg at 9 a.m. Saturday to head to Resolute Bay, Nunavut where they will take part in an exercise that will see them 'rescue' a 'downed satellite.'

Along on the journey are some hardy media members, including Metro's Braeden Jones, who was outfitted with winter survival gear along with the rest of the brigade earlier this week.

Once the brigade arrives in Resolute Bay, they will head about 125 noth on the ocean, where they will participate in a training exercise called Exercise Arctic Ram to practice rescuing a downed aircraft or satellite.

Over the next sveral weeks, other military forces will conduct additional exercies.

"The mission of Arctic Exercises is to train for and demonstrate the Forces capability to deploy in the North," reads a statement from the CAF. "The Exercise will expose Primary Reserve Force members to the extreme conditions of the high Arctic with environments that challenge and test their skills to ensure they are always ready for upcoming operations."