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U.S. Naval submarine smashes through the ice in the Arctic Ocean

This is the awe-inspiring moment that a U.S. submarine broke through feet of ice to surface in the Arctic Ocean during a training drill. 

The USS Hartford is one of two submarines taking part in the biennial Ice Exercise – a five-week drill to assess operation readiness in the Arctic region. 

In video taken last Wednesday, the Los Angeles class fast-attack submarine breaks through a sheet of ice covering the Beaufort Sea, north of Alaska, and then bobs at the surface before coming to a stop. 

Sailors are then seen peaking out of the top of the submarine while others clean ice off the massive rig.   

The Beaufort Sea in the Arctic Ocean is seen just before a U.S. Naval submarine broke through the ice last week 

The USS Hartford is seen breaking through the ice in the Arctic Ocean last week during the U.S. Navy's biennial Ice Exercise

The USS Hartford is seen breaking through the ice in the Arctic Ocean last week during the U.S. Navy’s biennial Ice Exercise

The USS Hartford is one of two U.S. submarines taking part in the five-week drill. The British Royal Navy has also sent one of their submarines to take part in the exercise

The USS Hartford is one of two U.S. submarines taking part in the five-week drill. The British Royal Navy has also sent one of their submarines to take part in the exercise

Rear Adm. James Pitts, commander of the Undersea Warfare Development Center, said in an announcement earlier this month that the Navy builds experience with every Ice Exercise, referred to as ICEX.

‘We are constantly testing new tactics, techniques and procedures under the ice and this exercise allows us to do so on a larger scale and alongside our U.K., joint and academic partners,’ he said.

Two U.S. and one British submarine are participating. The cost is estimated at $8.3 million, said Navy spokesman Corey Barker, but final figures for travel, contracts and other expenses will not be known until after the exercise. 

After the submarine surfaces, sailors are seen peaking their heads out of the top of the submarine for a little air

After the submarine surfaces, sailors are seen peaking their heads out of the top of the submarine for a little air

Workers then bring shovels to clean ice and snow off the top of the submarine 

Workers then bring shovels to clean ice and snow off the top of the submarine 

ICEX 2018 is a five-week drill to assess operation readiness in the Arctic region.

ICEX 2018 is a five-week drill to assess operation readiness in the Arctic region.

The Navy has set up a temporary camp on ice in the Beaufort Sea about 150 to 175 miles miles north of Prudhoe Bay, Alaska. 

The camp has portable tents that house and support more than 50 people and serve as a temporary command center for under-ice navigation, torpedo exercises and research.

The Navy named the camp Ice Camp Skate in honor of the USS Skate, the first submarine to surface through open-water surrounded by ice in 1958 and the first submarine to surface through ice at the North Pole in March 1959.

In addition to the USS Hartford, the other U.S. submarine participating in the exercise is the Seawolf-class fast attack submarine USS Connecticut from Bangor, Washington. The British Royal Navy’s Trafalgar-class submarine HMS Trenchant is also on hand.  

The Navy has set up a temporary camp on ice in the Beaufort Sea about 150 to 175 miles miles north of Prudhoe Bay, Alaska for the exercise 

The Navy has set up a temporary camp on ice in the Beaufort Sea about 150 to 175 miles miles north of Prudhoe Bay, Alaska for the exercise 

In addition to the USS Hartford, the other U.S. submarine participating in the exercise is the Seawolf-class fast attack submarine USS Connecticut from Bangor, Washington

In addition to the USS Hartford, the other U.S. submarine participating in the exercise is the Seawolf-class fast attack submarine USS Connecticut from Bangor, Washington

The exercise required approval for possible unintentional disruptions to marine mammal activities such as feeding, nursing and breeding. In its application to the National Marine Fisheries Service, the Navy said it will install portable tracking equipment for submarine training and testing near the ice camp

The exercise required approval for possible unintentional disruptions to marine mammal activities such as feeding, nursing and breeding. In its application to the National Marine Fisheries Service, the Navy said it will install portable tracking equipment for submarine training and testing near the ice camp

The last Arctic exercise by the U.S. Submarine Force was conducted in 2016. A crack in sea ice through the command center camp forced its early evacuation

The last Arctic exercise by the U.S. Submarine Force was conducted in 2016. A crack in sea ice through the command center camp forced its early evacuation

The vessels are conduct multiple Arctic transits, a North Pole surfacing, scientific data collection and other training, the Navy said.

The exercise required approval for possible unintentional disruptions to marine mammal activities such as feeding, nursing and breeding. In its application to the National Marine Fisheries Service, the Navy said it will install portable tracking equipment for submarine training and testing near the ice camp.

As part of the exercises, eight hydrophones that detect sound waves under water will be lowered on cables from sea ice to 98 feet.

The last Arctic exercise by the U.S. Submarine Force was conducted in 2016. A crack in sea ice through the command center camp forced its early evacuation.

 



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