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US Submarine Surfaces in Arctic

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January 2, 2017
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And you thought your winters were bad. The USS Connecticut, also known as SSN 22, surfaced in the Arctic Ocean in order to bring supplies to the Applied Physics Laboratory. This operation was part of ICEX 2011, a series of operations meant to train crews and equipment in the challenging arctic environment, in order to further protect US interests in those regions.Instead of scraping off a windshield and shoveling snow, these guys had to bore, chainsaw, and hack their way to the submarine through the ice, which was about 3 feet thick. Considering the gear they're wearing, it doesn't look anywhere close to 32 degrees. By the time they clear the hatch, everyone looks pretty exhausted. Although those sailors were probably glad for the fresh air, the temperatures might not have been as pleasant.

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