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West Melville Metals Completes Drill Program at the Isortoq Iron-Titanium-Vanadium Project, Greenland

August 13, 2012

Vancouver, B.C. – West Melville Metals Inc. (WMM:TSX-V) (“West Melville” or the “Company”) today announced the completion of its first drilling program, which formed part of the $2.25 million exploration program at the Isortoq iron-titanium-vanadium project in southern Greenland. The drill campaign at Isortoq was designed to systematically evaluate and expand on drilling completed by the project vendors, Hunter Minerals Pty. Ltd. of Australia. West Melville also completed extensive ground based geophysical surveying as part of the program.

Program Highlights:

  • 2,684 metres of core drilling completed
  • 11 holes to a maximum depth of 344 metres
  • 134 line kilometres of ground geophysics

Initial results from the 2012 geophysical survey proximal to drilling by the project vendors were used to define the drill pattern that tested 1 km of strike in the centre of the 15 km trend of previously identified mineralization. Drill holes consisted of both vertical and angled core holes designed to clearly delineate the geometry of the mineralization in the focus area. All 11 holes intersected mineralized troctolite (rock containing potentially significant concentrations of Fe, Ti and V) to a maximum depth of 344 m. All troctolite core was sampled on 2 m intervals and samples have been delivered to an accredited laboratory in Canada. Assay results are expected in the fall. Results of the geophysical survey are still being processed and interpreted and will be discussed in a subsequent release.

“Our first drill program at the Isortoq property was very successful and confirmed our expectations based on historical drilling,” stated Rory Moore, West Melville’s, President & CEO. “This program is a significant accomplishment for West Melville and gives us an excellent footing to move forward and systematically build a resource at Isortoq.”

To view a drill plan map and sections relating to the drill program please visit the Company’s website at http://www.westmelville.com/projects/isortoq-project/technical/

Isortoq Project

The Isortoq Project is a large iron-titanium-vanadium prospect in southern Greenland. Previous drilling has confirmed a strike length of 15 km with the mineralised body open in both directions along strike. The property is favourably located on tidewater approximately 100 km from the Narsarsuaq International Airport. Winters on the temperate southern coast of Greenland are sufficiently mild so as to permit ice-free shipping for the full 12 months of the year. This represents a significant logistical benefit to the project. West Melville is in the process of purchasing a 100% interest in the Project from Hunter Minerals Pty. Ltd. of Australia.   

QA/QC

All core was processed on-site in a secure facility. Core was sawn in half and all troctolite intersections were sampled and shipped via sea in a secure container to Halifax and then transported by road to an accredited laboratory in Ontario.

Disclosure of a technical nature contained in this release has been reviewed and approved by Bruce Counts, P.Geoph. (Director of West Melville) who is the Qualified Person for the purposes of National Instrument 43-101.

About West Melville Metals Inc.

West Melville is an iron ore and specialty metals exploration company working to advance the Isortoq iron-titanium-vanadium project in Greenland and the Fraser Bay iron ore project in Nunavut. The Company has assembled an experienced management team with a track record of discovery success and a Board of Directors with expertise covering the essential fields of geology, engineering and finance. West Melville’s projects offer a combination of low geological risk with significant upside potential in high demand commodity sectors.

On behalf of the Board of Directors

Rory O. Moore, Ph.D.

President and CEO
West Melville Metals Inc.

For further information about West Melville Metals Inc. or this news release, please visit our website at www.westmelville.com or contact Investor Relations toll free at 1.888.331.2269, at 604.646.4527, or by email at info@westmelville.com

West Melville Metals Inc. is a member of the Aurora Resource Group of companies. For more information please visit www.auroraresource.com

Neither the TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.

Certain disclosures in this release constitute forward-looking statements that are subject to numerous risks, uncertainties and other factors relating to West Melville's operations as a mineral exploration company that may cause future results to differ materially from those expressed or implied in such forward-looking statements, including risks as to the completion of the plans and projects. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward-looking statements. Other than as required by applicable securities legislation, West Melville expressly disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.

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