The U.S. and Norway Conduct Joint Arctic Exercises


The USCG Healy and KV Svalbard in the ice northeast of Svalbard. Photo: US Coast Guard on Facebook

The U.S. Coast Guard icebreaker Healy docked in Tromsø, Norway.

The USCG Healy is the United States' largest and most technologically advanced icebreaker as well as the U.S. Coast Guard's largest vessel. Besides, it is part of the U.S. Armed Forces.

The U.S. ship entered the waters close to Russia’s Northern Sea Route (NSR) in the East Siberian Sea on September 3, 2023.

According to the U.S. Coast Guard, its mission included servicing probes of the Nansen and Amundsen Basins Observational System (NABOS) and replacing autonomous buoy stations installed two years ago. Science, though, was not the only purpose of the voyage…

A month later, it became known that the U.S. and Norway will conduct joint Arctic exercises. Norway's largest Coast Guard ship, KV Svalbard, will take part in the exercises.

The Healy has sailed a month-long mission across the Arctic, encircling the Siberian shelf from Kodiak in Alaska, via the East Siberian Sea to the high Arctic north of Franz Josef Land and Svalbard. Here, the U.S. icebreaker met with KV Svalbard.

Without any further details, the U.S. Coast Guard reported on Facebook that the Healy and the Norwegian Coast Guard Vessel Svalbard sail in formation while en route to conduct joint exercises in northern Norway in the Barents Sea. Thus, the true nature of the exercises and their aims remain unclear.

Source: The Arctic Century



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