Three Russian Submarines Surface Through Arctic Ice

June 3, 2019 (Google Translation) – The Project 885 lead multirole nuclear-powered submarine and two Project 667BDRM strategic subs practiced surfacing in open water patches amid Arctic ice during drills in May, the press office of Russia’s Northern Fleet reported on Monday. “The underwater nuclear-powered missile cruisers Tula, Novomoskovsk and Severodvinsk were involved in performing missions under the Arctic Ocean’s ice. The submariners practiced a whole range of under-ice sailing tasks, including the search for an open water patch in the designated area and surfacing through ice,” the press office…

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Russian Northern Fleet Tests Severe Weather Capability

February 18, 2019 (Google Translation) – Today, the large anti-submarine ship (BOD) of the Northern Fleet “Severomorsk” went to the Black Sea to check the quality of the inter-line repairs at the plant in Sevastopol. The ship arrived at the main base of the Black Sea Fleet after performing long-range missions in the Indian Ocean and the Mediterranean on 10 January. Within one and a half months, BOD “Severomorsk” restored its technical readiness. His crew was on short vacation. The rest of the personnel was divided into two shifts so…

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Shipping in polar waters

October 31, 2018 – ​IMO has adopted the International Code for Ships Operating in Polar Waters (Polar Code) and related amendments to make it mandatory under both the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) and the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL). The Polar Code entered into force on 1 January 2017. This marks an historic milestone in the Organization’s work to protect ships and people aboard them, both seafarers and passengers, in the harsh environment of the waters surrounding the two…

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UK Defence Secretary Announces New Defence Arctic Strategy

September 30, 2018 – Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson has today announced a new Defence Arctic Strategy, acknowledging the increasing opportunities and threats the region presents. The strategy will enhance the Ministry of Defence’s focus on the Arctic, underlined by our current commitments in the region and future deployments. Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson said, Russia, with more submarines operating under the ice and ambitions to build over 100 facilities in the Arctic, are staking a claim and militarising the region. We must be ready to deal with all threats as they…

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FS Rhône Transits Northeast Passage

September 18, 2018 (Google Translation) – On Wednesday, August 23, 2018, the BSAH Rhône left its base port, Brest, for a long-term deployment (DLD) to assess its military capabilities in cold water and hot water before admission to active duty. The second unit in a series of four buildings, the Rhone is intended to provide the Navy with towing and offshore support capabilities. The BSAH has circumnavigated the Northeast Passage (from the Norwegian Sea to the Bering Strait, through the Barents, Kara, Laptev, Eastern Siberia and Chukchi Seas). On September…

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Russian Geographical Society Teams With Russian Navy on Arctic Mission

The Northern Fleet began the third stage of an integrated expedition to the Novaya Zemlya Archipelago, supported by the Russian Geographical Society. At present, the expeditionary detachment of the Northern Fleet on board the large landing ship “St. George the Victorious” is moving to the archipelago Novaya Zemlya. On the eve, on July 31, the technique of the expeditionary detachment consisting of five two-link snow-carrying vehicles DT-10-P was loaded into the twin ship of the large landing ship “St. George the Victorious” in the Gryaznaya Bay of Kola Bay. This…

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Northern Fleet have completed preparations for Arctic campaign

Google Translation Combat ships and support vessels of the Northern Fleet have completed a set of preparatory measures for the next long march along the seas of the Arctic Ocean. At present, the raid of the main base of the Northern Fleet of the city of Severomorsk forms a detachment of ships and supply vessels. The squad will include a large anti-submarine ship “Vice Admiral Kulakov”, large landing crafts “Alexander Obrakovsky”, “Kondopoga”, sea trawler “Vladimir Humanenko”, icebreaker “Ilya Muromets” and other support vessels. The crews of all the ships and…

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Northern Fleet warship detachment returns to base having performed tasks in the Arctic

Regiment of support ships and crafts of the Northern Fleet, performing tasks in the Arctic Ocean headed by the Severomorsk ASW, is finishing its distant cruise and returning to the main base of the Fleet – Severomorsk. A solemn welcome ceremony will be held on October 4 in the ASW deployment area . Carrying the flag of Commander of the Kola Flotilla combined forces Vice Admiral Oleg Golubev, the regiment covered over 6,000 nautical miles to reach the New Siberian Islands in the Laptev Sea, passing the Barents Sea and…

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US Navy Leads International Effort to Deploy Buoys into the Arctic Ocean

The U.S National Ice Center (USNIC) in coordination with the Office of Naval Research, Office of the Oceanographer of the Navy, the Danish Joint Arctic Command, Environmental and Climate Change Canada and University of Washington deployed buoys into the Arctic Ocean during a joint mission. The joint mission was conducted to collect weather and oceanographic data to enhance forecasting and environmental models thereby reducing operational risk for assets in the Arctic. “Polar lows are like hurricanes of the north and the data collected from these buoys will help us with…

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USS Leyte Gulf Conducts Historic Mission with Close Ally

USS Leyte Gulf (CG 55) and U.K. fleet oiler RFA Wave Knight (A389) successfully executed the northernmost underway replenishment (UNREP) conducted by a U.S. Navy warship since the 1980s, Aug. 25, 2017. This success culminates a century’s worth of progress and ingenuity; in May 1917, the U.S. fleet oiler USS Maumee (AO-2), positioned 300 miles south of Greenland, completed what is considered the first underway replenishment . Leyte Gulf’s crew find themselves nearly 200 miles north of the Arctic Circle, accomplishing the same logistics operations that allow the U.S. Navy…

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Ocean Giant Returns to Norfolk, Completes Annual Resupply of Remote Arctic Air Base

Military Sealift Command chartered heavy lift ship MV Ocean Giant pulled into Naval Station Norfolk to complete its support of of Pacer Goose 2017, the annual resupply mission to Thule Air Force Base, August 18. Ocean Giant is to spend multiple days at the naval station off-loading outdated equipment and waste material transported from the remote U.S. Air Force base, located in the northern coast of Greenland. “Ocean Giant’s mission support of Pacer Goose 2017 was very successful,” said Rick Caldwell, a Military Sealift Command supervisory marine transportation specialist. “Pacer…

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China ready to enhance Arctic environmental cooperation: vice premier

March 29, 2017 (Xinhua) – China will actively participate in environmental preservation and push for environmental cooperation in the Arctic, Chinese Vice Premier Wang Yang said here on Wednesday. He made the remarks when addressing the opening ceremony of the 4th International Arctic Forum (IAF) in Russia’s far northwestern city of Arkhangelsk. Wang said that ecological protection should be strengthened and prioritized. China will support the formation of advanced scientific research platforms to enhance Arctic scientific research capability, said the vice premier, urging the international community to deepen scientific exploration. Calling…

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Coast Guard joins Arctic stakeholders in historic forum

March 24, 2017 – U.S. Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Paul Zukunft joined leaders representing eight coast guards of Arctic nations in signing a joint statement Friday. The statement adopts doctrine, tactics, procedures and information-sharing protocols for emergency maritime response and combined operations in the Arctic. The Arctic Coast Guard Forum is an operationally-focused, consensus-based organization with the purpose of leveraging collective resources to foster safe, secure and environmentally responsible maritime activity in the Arctic. Membership includes Canada, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, the Russian Federation and the United States. “This forum…

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Bellona seminar says old ship fuels should be banned in the Arctic

February 3, 2017 – Bellona has called for a ban on the use of heavy fuel oils in shipping in the Arctic, and said the industry should apply best available technologies to offset costs. The European Union echoed the sentiment on Friday, voting to adopt a resolution against heavy fuel oils in Arctic shipping lanes. According to Hallstein Havåg, Bellona’s policy and research director, who spoke at a seminar in Tromsø, 44 percent of cargo and cruise ships operating in the Arctic use heavy fuel oil. “There will only be…

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