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    Two ships of the Royal Canadian Navy are departing Halifax for the Arctic on Thursday to conduct sovereignty and surveillance patrols, Fifth Maritime Operations Group Commanding Officer Captain Craig Skjerpen said in a press release on Thursday.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — The National Defense Department explained that warships would also partner with the Canadian Coast Guard, the Arctic Research Foundation and other services to carry out hydrographic surveys.

    "The deployment of these ships continues Canada’s stated commitment to assert our sovereignty over our northernmost regions," Skjerpen stated.

    The deployment of the two ships, the coastal defense vessels Moncton and Shawinigan, will last seven weeks, according to the release.

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