Defence Minister Harjit S. Sajjan celebrates NORAD milestone


May 12, 2018 – Ottawa – National Defence / Canadian Armed Forces

“Today marks the 60th anniversary of the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD), officially created to put into place the conditions for the defence and security of Canada and the United States. This milestone serves as a reminder of the unique and lasting defence relationship of our nations. It is not only a testament to our longstanding and shared commitment to the safety and security of our citizens, but also the unbreakable bond between allies. Put simply, NORAD demonstrates we are stronger when we work together. ‎

“Since its inception in 1958, NORAD has been unwavering in its vigilance, closely monitoring North American aerospace for potential danger. In 2006, NORAD expanded its mission to include maritime warning to help increase the security of waterways and ports in Canada and the United States. NORAD continues to adapt to changing landscapes and evolving threats as our two nations continue to collaborate on innovative ways to keep ‎North Americans safe for decades to come.

“As part of Canada’s defence policy, Strong, Secure, Engaged, we are committed to continuing to work in partnership with the United States on the security of our shared continent.‎ I would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the brave women and men of the Canadian Armed Forces who have proudly and tirelessly helped keep us Strong at home and Secure in North America.

“On behalf of the Government of Canada, I recognize the 60th anniversary of NORAD as we honour our past, guard the present and protect the future.”



Byrne Furlong
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of National Defence
Phone: 613-996-3100

Media Relations
Department of National Defence
Phone: 613-996-2353

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