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U.S. Navy Concludes ICEX 2022

by Lt. Seth Koenig, Commander, Submarine Force Atlantic Public Affairs
17 March 2022

The sun sets over Ice Camp Queenfish during the Navy's Ice Exercise (ICEX) 2022.
BEAUFORT SEA (March 10, 2022) The sun sets over Ice Camp Queenfish during the Navy's Ice Exercise (ICEX) 2022. Ice Camp Queenfish is built on an ice sheet floating in the Arctic Ocean 160 nautical miles offshore, and includes tents for sleeping, dining and managing exercise operations. ICEX 2022 is a three-week exercise that allows the Navy to assess its operational readiness in the Arctic, increase experience in the region, advance understanding of the Arctic environment, and continue to develop relationships with other services, allies and partner organizations. (U.S. Navy photo by Aerographer's Mate 1st Class Wesley Tien)
The sun sets over Ice Camp Queenfish during the Navy's Ice Exercise (ICEX) 2022.
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BEAUFORT SEA (March 10, 2022) The sun sets over Ice Camp Queenfish during the Navy's Ice Exercise (ICEX) 2022. Ice Camp Queenfish is built on an ice sheet floating in the Arctic Ocean 160 nautical miles offshore, and includes tents for sleeping, dining and managing exercise operations. ICEX 2022 is a three-week exercise that allows the Navy to assess its operational readiness in the Arctic, increase experience in the region, advance understanding of the Arctic environment, and continue to develop relationships with other services, allies and partner organizations. (U.S. Navy photo by Aerographer's Mate 1st Class Wesley Tien)
Photo By: AG1 Wesley Tien
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In addition to Ice Camp Queenfish, a temporary encampment built on a sheet of ice 160 nautical miles offshore, the exercise involved two operational Navy fast attack submarines and a support team stationed in Prudhoe Bay, Alaska.

“The Navy maintains a presence on, under and above Arctic waters, and it’s important that we continue to train in this challenging environment to not only stay ready to operate here, but also gain efficiency and look for new ways to innovate,” said Rear Adm. Richard Seif, commander of the Navy’s Undersea Warfighting Development Center in Groton, Connecticut, and ranking officer at ICEX 2022.

“The Arctic is an unforgiving, rapidly changing region. Several chokepoints near or above the Arctic Circle – such as the Bering Strait, Bear Gap between the Norwegian and Barents seas, and the Greenland-Iceland-United Kingdom Gap – are seeing increases in commercial maritime activity,” he continued. “By training in this extreme cold-weather environment, we’re best prepared to rapidly respond to any crises in these regions and ensure common domains in the far north remain free and open.”

Joining the U.S. armed forces for ICEX 2022 were personnel from the Royal Canadian Air Force and Navy, and the United Kingdom Royal Navy.

During ICEX, participating fast attack submarines under the Arctic sea ice fired exercise torpedoes, which Navy divers then recovered from the frigid water. The exercise also provided an opportunity for Navy specialists and civilian scientists to conduct research from the floating ice camp, collecting data on the Arctic conditions and how equipment responds to the extreme temperatures.

ICEX allows the Navy to assess its operational readiness in the Arctic, increase experience in the region, advance understanding of the Arctic environment, and continue to develop relationships with other services, allies and partner organizations.

ICEX 2022 is taking place in the Arctic region at the same time as U.S. Northern Command's Arctic Edge, a biennial exercise designed to provide realistic and effective training for participants using the premier training locations available throughout Alaska, ensuring the ability to rapidly deploy and operate in the Arctic. Arctic Edge takes place over the course of three weeks and will have approximately 1,000 participants, including U.S. and Canadian service members, U.S. Coast Guardsmen, and government employees from the U.S. Department of Defense and Canada’s Department of National Defence.


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