The United States and Canada, under the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) and U.S. Northern Command (USNORTHCOM), successfully completed a long-planned bi-national operation called Operation Noble Defender in Alaska. The operation aimed to enhance readiness and deter potential threats to North America and the Arctic, featuring ground, air, naval, and special forces components.
- Operation Noble Defender was executed in Alaska, involving U.S. and Canadian ground, naval, and air forces to safeguard North America and the Arctic region against potential threats.
- The operation featured various elements, including Operation Polar Dagger led by U.S. Naval Special Warfare Operators (SEALs), which focused on defending critical infrastructure and enhancing awareness in the Arctic.
- Gen. Glen VanHerck, commander of NORAD and USNORTHCOM, emphasized the growing strategic importance of the Arctic region and the need for ready forces trained to operate there.
- The operation also included an air component called Operation Polar Arrow, aimed at maintaining air sovereignty over North America and demonstrating the ability to deploy assets in coordination with special operations units.
- Interoperability between U.S. and Canadian assets, such as F-16 Fighting Falcons and CF-18 Hornets, was a focus to enhance the bi-national command’s layered defense structure.