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 Ocean Giant is to spend multiple days at the naval station off-loading outdated equipment and waste material transported from the remote U.S. Air Force base, located in the northern coast of Greenland.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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