This is the 8th blog post in a series about ICEX 2011 by Jeff Gossett, Arctic Submarine Laboratory’s ICEX 2011 Exercise Director written on March 14, 2011.
With our helicopter now on scene, we’ve had our first chance to take a good picture of what the camp looks like from the air. The accompanying photo will give you an overview of our camp layout.
The eleven buildings on the left are our berthing huts. While most have three double-deck bunk beds, some of them are also set up for dual-use.
-One of them is the Doctor’s office.
-One will be used for lowering scientific equipment into the water and has a hole through the floor that continues through the ice to the ocean below.
-One is used by the helo crew with space set aside in case it’s needed to repair helo components.
The large striped building near the center is the Mess Hall with the galley attached. The cooks’ freezer is a stack of boxes left outside next to the Mess Tent.
The building to the right of the Mess Tent houses our Diesel Generator that provides the entire camp with electricity.
On the far right is the Command Hut.
Mount Rainer can be seen protruding from the ice floe just above the Generator Hut.
Above Mt Rainer is a small hut where the airplanes serving the camp park to load or unload people and equipment.
Each year, the guys who build the camp come up with a theme for naming the huts. In 2007 they were named for Las Vegas casinos; in 2009 for famous submarines. This year, our buildings are named after tropical islands such as Oahu, Tahiti, Bali, and Fiji. So when I go to my hut to get some sleep, I’m not just headed to the bunk – I’m taking a trip to Maui.