The UK and Canada have a strategic interest in joint cooperation in the Arctic.

Last year the Royal Navy and Canadian Coast Guard signed a Memorandum of Understanding in which both countries agreed to operational and training experience navigating ships in frozen conditions.

The UK has strong relationships with Arctic States and has a responsibility to support our allies and partners to preserve the stability and security of the region, including as the leading European NATO Ally.

HMS Protector is honoured to participate in Op. NANOOK alongside the Royal Canadian Navy and Canadian Coast Guard. This annual Canadian Armed Forces operation comprises of a series of activities designed to exercise the defence of Canada and secure its northern regions. Included within these activities is a multinational element in which UK and likeminded military partners perform training and joint operations to share tactical knowledge and ensure best practices when responding to safety and security within the region.

The UK is committed to the collective defence of NATO Allies, which includes those with territory in the Arctic.