The following post is the 2nd in a series about ICEX 2011 by Jeff Gossett, Arctic Submarine Laboratory’s ICEX 2011 Exercise Director.
The ice camp is really taking shape. We have 9 of the 11 berthing huts built along with our two largest buildings – the Mess Hall and the Command Hut. The team on the ice has really done a terrific job to complete this much construction in a little over a week.
In addition to the APL/UW camp “gorillas”, we’ve gotten an assist this year from Submarine Squadron Eleven. A few months ago, we asked to borrow a few good sailors to help build the camp and handle aircraft loading and unloading in Prudhoe Bay. Squadron eleven didn’t just give us five good sailors, they gave us five of their best. They have really shown how good our Navy people can be, even in circumstances as totally alien as the Arctic. Not only that, but when heavy snows knocked out the generator at one of the Prudhoe Bay hotels, they volunteered to shovel out the generator from a snow bank to help restore electricity.
Left to Right
EN2(SW) Steven M. Oyarzabal (ARCO ARDM-5)
LS2(SS/DV) Manual Reynoso (CSS -11)
EM3 Philip D. Dicataldo (TWR-821)
ET2(EXW) Harold L. Brown (ARCO ARDM-5)
EN3 David B. Watson (TWR-842)
More posts from the ice camp coming soon!