first published on March 19, 2016 by Will
Roughly 200 miles north of Prudhoe Bay, Alaska, U.S. Naval personnel conducted Ice Exercise (ICEX) 2016 to increase proficiency in operating, communicating, and navigating in arctic conditions.
Although this is a regularly conducted exercise and the Navy assures us that these maneuvers have little to do with recent Russian expansion in the Arctic, the fact that the changing climate continues to break down the ice sheets and open up possible shipping lanes makes this exercise that much more relevant than ever.
Besides operating nuclear subs, both manned and unmanned vehicles were tested and experimented with, SEAL delivery operations were drilled, as well as salvage and search and rescue training was conducted.