An Icy Reminder in an Arctic Thaw

USS Momsen (DDG 92) is visiting Anchorage, Alaska, this week in support of the 2018 Arctic Maritime Symposium. The three-day event focuses on providing participants opportunities to engage with Artic intergovernmental and military representatives, academia, and experts. Given the Navy has operated in the Arctic for decades, this kind of visit might not look like anything special. Couple the ship’s visit, however, to calls on Alaska by the Navy, Army and Air Force service secretaries – all this month – and it’s obvious something has our collective attention. Have no…

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Stern of World War II U.S. destroyer discovered off remote Alaskan island

August 15, 2018 – For almost 75 years, the stern of the destroyer USS Abner Read lay somewhere below the dark surface of the Bering Sea off the Aleutian island of Kiska, where it sank after being torn off by an explosion while conducting an anti-submarine patrol. Seventy-one U.S. Navy Sailors were lost in the aftermath of the blast, during a brutal and largely overlooked early campaign of World War II. Heroic action by the crew saved the ship, but for the families of the doomed Sailors, the final resting…

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