ARCTIC: U.S. Army Strykers in Arctic; Russian Arctic Power Plants; Arctic Coast Guard Forum

November 5, 2015 at 11:58 pm Leave a comment

Live from Deadhorse.

U.S. Army Alaska Stryker vehicles from Bravo Company, 3rd Battalion, 21st Infantry Regiment, 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, unload from an Air Force C-17 Globe master III above the Arctic Circle as part of Operation Arctic Pegasus. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Joel Gibson)

U.S. Army Alaska Stryker vehicles from Bravo Company, 3rd Battalion, 21st Infantry Regiment, 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, unload from an Air Force C-17 Globe master III above the Arctic Circle as part of Operation Arctic Pegasus.
(U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Joel Gibson)

For the first time ever, the U.S. Army has deployed Stryker vehicles north of the Arctic Circle — with the help of the Air Force.

According to U.S. Army Alaska, elements of the Army’s 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team were deployed via an Air Force C-17 Globemaster III transport aircraft. Four Stryker vehicles and approximately 40 soldiers were delivered to Deadhorse, Alaska as part of Operation Arctic Pegasus, a joint, multi-agency exercise.  tested the rapid deployment capability

The 1st BCT regularly trains for rapid deployment across U.S. Army Alaska’s area of operation — which stretches from the Arctic Circle to the southern reaches of the Asia-Pacific region.

The average winter temperatures in the area where the Stryker platoon was deployed November 3-45, range from 23 degrees below zero to minus 11.

Click here to see an Army video of the Strykers operating in the Far North.

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Russia Seeks Mobile Nuke Power Plants for  Arctic.

Russia’s Defense Ministry plans to develop mobile nuclear power plants designated for military installations in the Arctic, according to the RT website. Introduction of the first mobile nuclear power plant (NPP) could take place by 2020, RT reported.

Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu has ordered a pilot project of a mobile low-power nuclear station to be mounted on a tracked vehicle or a sledged platform to be delivered where needed in the Arctic region.

“The project has already begun and is going through a research stage now,” Yury Konyushko, CEO of the engineering company chosen to work on the project, told TASS.

Preliminary data is to be presented to the military by the end of this year, Konyushko said.

Once the ministry approves the project, full-scale development, estimated to take up to two years, will begin. After that engineering and construction of an operable prototype will be launched, RT reported.

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Arctic Coast Guard Forum.

Eight countries in the High North have organized a Coast Guard cooperative group to leverage collective resources to secure maritime safety in the Arctic.

Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Paul Zukunft joins leaders from all eight coast guard agencies of the Arctic nations in to sign a Joint officially establishing the Arctic Coast Guard Forum at the Coast Guard Academy in New London, Conn. ., Oct. 30, 2015. The Arctic Coast Guard Forum is an operationally-focused, consensus-based organization with the purpose of leveraging collective resources to foster safe, secure and environmentally responsible maritime activity in the Arctic. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Patrick Kelley)

Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Paul Zukunft joins leaders from all eight coast guard agencies of the Arctic nations in establishing the Arctic Coast Guard Forum at the Coast Guard Academy in New London, Conn.
(U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Patrick Kelley)

The new Arctic Coast Guard Forum was formally set up at a ceremony in New London, Connecticut last week ( October 30).

According to Coast Guard Compass, the official U.S. Coast Guard blog, “the Arctic Coast Guard Forum is an operationally-focused, consensus-based organization with the purpose of leveraging collective resources to foster safe, secure and environmentally responsible maritime activity in the Arctic”.

The signatories to the new cooperation agreement are Canada, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Russia, Sweden and the United States.

The increasing number of passenger cruise ships in the Arctic and the risk of pollution are considered to be the biggest threats currently facing the Arctic region.

“Iceland’s contribution could be valuable, given the work currently being put into setting up an international Arctic rescue station, to be located in Iceland,” the Head of the Icelandic Coast Guard, Georg Kr. Lárusson, told Iceland Monitor.

“Iceland boasts good facilities for conducting rescue operations and well-trained staff in the rescue services, the Icelandic Red Cross, the police, the Icelandic Coast Guard and various other institutions,” the Icelandic Coast Guard chief added.”

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