The Nanisivik naval facility, located near the Arctic Bay in Nunavut, has again been delayed until 2018.
Announced in 2007 by Prime Minister Stephen Harper, the facility has been designed to welcome Royal Canadian Navy ships for refueling and restocking goods.
National Defence spokeswoman Dominique Tessier said that, "The target date was adjusted to 2018 after they completed initial site investigations ... to ensure all requirements of the facility could be met."
Located approximately 3,100 km north of Ottawa, the Nanisivik naval facility is a step forward by the Conservative government to ensure Canadian Arctic sovereignty. The facility will keep the warships at sea for a longer period of time—increasing our military presence in the area.
Since no airstrip will be available for the Royal Canadian Air Force aircraft, they will land approximately 33 kilometers from the naval facility. Logistical supply runs could then be dispatched by ground vehicles.
The unheated warehouse and a smaller tank farm will receive minor upgrades. The upgraded housing will have a six person capacity which could be doubled in case of an emergency.
The Arctic facility will not be functional during the winter, giving no logistical possibilities for Canadian ships during the one of the most critical season in the Arctic, but there is a possibility to upgrade the facility so it becomes operational year-round.
While delays for the Nanisivik naval facility are a set back, it will become a turning point in Canadian Arctic sovereignty, especially with the current Russian militarization of the Arctic.
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