Media representatives wishing to attend the press conference by Minister MacKay and U.S. Secretary of Defense Panetta are invited to confirm their attendance and register no later than 16:00 p.m. (AST) on November 17, 2011, with Joint Task Force Atlantic Public Affairs office at 902-427-3766.

Media may listen to the news conference by telephone at the following numbers:

1-800-814 4860 (conference ID 4490602) for all calls from within North America), or 1-416-644-3415 (conference ID 4490602) for calls from outside North America.

Media representatives coming for the press conference are required to arrive no later than 10:15 a.m. (AST) and have valid photo identification in order to cover this event.

Information: 1-866-377-0811/613-996-2353

When: November 18, 2011
 10:45 a.m. AST Where: Westin Nova Scotian 1181 Hollis Street Harbour Room Halifax, Nova Scotia What: Brief media availability with the Honourable Peter MacKay, Canada's Minister of National Defence, and the United States Secretary of Defense, Leon Panetta.