Breaking The Ice: How Navy Subs Are Bringing Allies, Private Organizations, Academia, Government Together in the Arctic

The U.S. Navy’s ICEX, or Ice Exercise, is a biennial exercise conducted above the Arctic Circle in cooperation with other branches of the military, government agencies, allied partners, private organizations and academic institutions.

Commander, Submarine Forces officially kicked off ICEX 2016 in the Arctic Ocean with the construction of U.S. Navy Ice Camp Sargo, a temporary station on top of a floating ice sheet, March 2.

On March 25, we announced all primary objectives for ICEX 2016 had been met and the breakdown of Ice Camp Sargo was underway.

Watch this video to learn more about ICEX 2016.

Two Los Angeles-class submarines arrived at Ice Camp Sargo, March 14, as part of ICEX 2016 to conduct multiple arctic transits, a North Pole surfacing, scientific data collection and other training evolutions during their time in the region.

“Submarine operations as part of ICEX provide the necessary training to maintain a working knowledge of an extremely challenging region that is very different than any other ocean in the world.”

Cmdr. Scott Luers
Ice camp officer-in-tactical-command
Deputy director of operations for Commander Submarine Forces in Norfolk

Submarines have conducted under-ice operations in the Arctic region for more than 50 years.

Follow ICEX on social media using #ICEX2016.

ARCTIC CIRCLE (March 13, 2016) Ice Camp Sargo serves as the main stage for ICEX 2016. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Tyler Thompson/Released)

ARCTIC CIRCLE (March 13, 2016) Ice Camp Sargo serves as the main stage for ICEX 2016. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Tyler Thompson/Released)

ARCTIC CIRCLE (March 6, 2016) Fire Control Technician 1st Class David Toone examines the ice in search of ice that can be melted down and used for potable water during ICEX 2016. (U.S. Navy photo by Electronics Technician 2nd Class Nate Madlem/Released)

ARCTIC CIRCLE (March 6, 2016) Fire Control Technician 1st Class David Toone examines the ice in search of ice that can be melted down and used for potable water during ICEX 2016. (U.S. Navy photo by Electronics Technician 2nd Class Nate Madlem/Released)

ARCTIC CIRCLE (March 15, 2016) Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus greets the captain and the chief of the boat as he boards the Los Angeles-class fast attack submarine USS Hampton (SSN 757) during ICEX 2016. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Tyler Thompson/Released)

ARCTIC CIRCLE (March 15, 2016) Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus greets the captain and the chief of the boat as he boards the Los Angeles-class fast attack submarine USS Hampton (SSN 757) during ICEX 2016. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Tyler Thompson/Released)

WASHINGTON (March 23, 2016) An information graphic created by the U.S. Navy to provide information about ICEX 2016. (U.S. Navy graphic by Austin Rooney/Released)

WASHINGTON (March 23, 2016) An information graphic created by the U.S. Navy to provide information about ICEX 2016. (U.S. Navy graphic by Austin Rooney/Released)

 

 

 

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