Last weekend I flew to Anchorage, Alaska and then to Prudhoe Bay, Alaska. From Prudhoe Bay we got on a small plane and flew about 150 miles north and landed on the ice. I spent the night on the camp. From the ice camp, I boarded a helicopter to fly out to meet the submarine for what was supposed to be a 10 day underway.

However, late this week, the ice around the camp started to break up a little bit, and the exercise was finished early. When we returned to the camp we could see the huge section of open water where the runway had been before we got underway (the camp had made a second runway when the first was lost). Here are some pictures from the camp:

Ready to board the flight to the ice camp. Cold weather gear and survival kits were required for the flight
Ready to board the flight to the ice camp. Cold weather gear and survival kits were required for the flight.

 

Sunset on the ice (the first night at the camp)
Sunset on the ice (the first night at the camp)

 

Very Swedish looking fuel drums. The helicopter is in the background.
Very Swedish looking fuel drums. The helicopter is in the background.
Waiting for the hatch to be cleared of ice before going onboard the submarine for testing under the ice.
Waiting for the hatch to be cleared of ice before embarking the submarine for testing under the ice.

 

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