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Online tomahawk6

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Spartan Pegasus 2017
« on: February 27, 2017, 22:48:28 »
About 150 airborne troops from Ft Richardson,Alaska dropped near Deadhorse near Prudhoe Bay and the Arctic Ocean. Great training. The mission was to retrieve a "downed satellite". Similar to what happened in Canada in 1978 with a Russian satellite.

Video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dUF01UWR5IA

Article:

https://www.army.mil/article/183108/paratroopers_jump_at_30_below_during_spartan_pegasus

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Re: Spartan Pegasus 2017
« Reply #1 on: February 27, 2017, 23:18:06 »
Indeed, except the response to the Russian satellite in 1978 was an "hey you" response by Parachute Training Wing of the Canadian Airborne Centre once a report of finding a suspicious object was received. BZ all around. BTW the old Soviet satellite was nuclear powered.

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Re: Spartan Pegasus 2017
« Reply #2 on: February 28, 2017, 13:55:42 »
While the CABC was often a usual first responder when something needed to be put on the ground in the high North, there was more to Canada's (and the USA's) response to COSMOS 954.

http://www.qbristow.ca/Life_Divided/chap7b.html#8
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Fortunately the charter operator notified Namao about the proposed press expedition into Wardens Grove and Garland ordered paratroops to be dropped in to secure the whole area. Strictly speaking he needed the blessing of the Solicitor General in Ottawa to do this because the guarding of a non- military site came under the jurisdiction of the RCMP. However the man who was the Solicitor General in the Trudeau government at the time was Frances Fox, a married man who had just resigned following another well publicised human interest story; his admission of having had an affair with one of his aides. Some sort of official approval was nevertheless obtained in time for the operation to proceed without any delays.

Operation Morning Light

Properly (?) dressed for locating and picking up bits of radioactive material.


Actually dressed while looking for bits of radioactive material.


http://www.cbc.ca/archives/entry/crashed-soviet-nuclear-satellite-cosmos-954-discovered-by-civilians

http://nnss.gov/docs/fact_sheets/DOENV_1198.pdf
http://nsarchive.gwu.edu/nukevault/ebb267/11.pdf

My quick google for official reports on-line turned up mostly US material, however most of the story of the CF involvement in the operation is probably available through the Directorate of History and Heritage.
https://www.archeion.ca/c-morrison-fonds;rad?sf_culture=uk
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. . . as an historian at the Directorate of History, and was responsible for the production of the official historical narrative of Operation Morning Light, the operation to recover debris from the crashed Soviet surveillance satellite Kosmos 954
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Re: Spartan Pegasus 2017
« Reply #3 on: February 28, 2017, 14:42:04 »
You are absolutely correct. I should have said the first response.

CABC also had a basic para serial about to start J Stage when the Hercs all went away on what was a higher priority task. I was responsible for looking after CABC and decided to send the students home with the understanding they were expected to keep themselves fit and available to come back to finish the course. There were lots of naysayers who insisted none of the students would want to come back after spending some time worrying about jumping. Anyway, when the situation stabilized, we were able to scrounge enough Herc time to qualify the course. They all returned to Edmonton and qualified. A couple of naysayers had the good grace to phone and apologize.

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Re: Spartan Pegasus 2017
« Reply #4 on: February 28, 2017, 20:00:58 »
Thanks Gents for info about Canada's response to the Russian sat crash. :salute:

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Re: Spartan Pegasus 2017
« Reply #5 on: March 23, 2017, 17:44:43 »

My quick google for official reports on-line turned up mostly US material, however most of the story of the CF involvement in the operation is probably available through the Directorate of History and Heritage.
https://www.archeion.ca/c-morrison-fonds;rad?sf_culture=uk

I came across these as I was looking through completed ATI requests. 

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Request Number: A-2015-00295

Organization:  National Defence
Disposition:  Disclosed in part
Year:  2016
Month:  September
Number of Pages:  138
Request Summary:  79/422 - Operation Morning Light daily log 24 Jan to 7 Apr 78; Air Command Operations log, annotated by C.A. Morrison

Make an informal request for: A-2015-00295 (DND)

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Request Number: A-2015-00291

Organization:  National Defence
Disposition:  Disclosed in part
Year:  2016
Month:  September
Number of Pages:  445
Request Summary:  79/371 - Operation Morning Light; interim report, annotated by C.A. Morrison

Make an informal request for: A-2015-00291 (DND)

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Request Number: A-2015-00296

Organization:  National Defence
Disposition:  Disclosed in part
Year:  2016
Month:  September
Number of Pages:  191
Request Summary:  79/423 - Operation Morning Light; Northern Region Headquarters (Yellowknife) op log, annotated by C.A. Morrison
Make an informal request for: A-2015-00296 (DND)

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Request Number: A-2015-00297

Organization:  National Defence
Disposition:  Disclosed in part
Year:  2016
Month:  September
Number of Pages:  0
Request Summary:  79/452 - Operation Morning Light; National Defence Operations Centre op log, annotated by C.A. Morrison. Classified document

Make an informal request for: A-2015-00297 (DND)

If anyone is interested in looking through these reports and logs about OP Morning Light, they can make an informal request for the packages.  Click on the link in each of the quoted request details to bring you to the form for that package.  Note that the last listed one, NDOC op log is classified and while they note that it is disclosed "in part" there are "ZERO" pages in the package, so a request for that one would not be very useful.

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