Frigate Leopold I Trains Above the Arctic Circle

The frigate Leopold I took part in the international exercise “MjØlner 2022” off the Norwegian coast earlier this month. The focus was on firing with many different weapon systems and the internal training of the crew in the event of fire, technical breakdowns or medical problems. About 156 people were on board: from baker to security officer, from technician to…

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Norwegian Helps RN Prepare for Arctic Aircraft Carrier Operations

The Royal Navy’s new aircraft carriers are now more prepared for the rigours of Arctic operations thanks in part to ice man, Commander Harald Thor Straten, of the Royal Norwegian Navy. Cdr Thor Straten joined HMS Prince of Wales for a month during Arctic exercises, sharing more than 40 years’ experience of operating in the extreme cold. HMS Prince of…

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Royal Navy Ships Head Home After Arctic Operations

Royal Navy ships have started to return to their home ports after spending weeks in the frozen fjords of Norway. HMS Albion was welcomed back to Plymouth, followed by HMS Richmond. The pair have been working alongside other UK ships and units on NATO exercise Cold Response which saw 30,000 personnel from 26 nations train together in Arctic warfare. Type…

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Navy Brings “Backpacker’s Mindset” to Arctic Ice Camp

The Navy’s 60-person encampment built on an ice floe in the Arctic Ocean is a nearly zero footprint camp. “It’s very much a backpacker’s mindset,” said Petty Officer 1st Class Casey Shumway, a culinary specialist from Submarine Squadron 11 who is managing the Ice Camp Queenfish dining tent. “If you backpack it in, you backpack it out. We’re trying to…

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