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NORAD: Russians Stay in Airspace ‘For Hours’ During Flight Operations Near Alaska

NORAD: Russians Stay in Airspace ‘For Hours’ During Flight Operations Near Alaska

An F-22 Raptor assigned to Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson intercepts a Russian Tu-95 Bear on June 9, 2020. US Air Force Photo

This story has been updated to distinguish between Gen. Glen VanHerck’s role leading North American Aerospace Defense Command and U.S. Northern Command.

The Russian military is spending “hours” in airspace near Alaska when it performs flyovers in the region, the head of North American Aerospace Defense Command said on Wednesday.
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East Coast Navy Divers Take on a Minnesota Lake, As Service Eyes Greater Arctic Presence

East Coast Navy Divers Take on a Minnesota Lake, As Service Eyes Greater Arctic Presence

A Navy diver assigned to Mobile Diving and Salvage Unit (MDSU) 2s prepares to enter the water during ice dive training at Camp Ripley in Little Falls, Minn., on Feb. 18, 2021. US Navy Photo

Sailors from the Navy’s Mobile Diving and Salvage Unit (MDSU) 2 are currently in Minnesota for ice diving training, cutting through about two feet of ice to reach the water and donning their thickest drysuits while they rehearse operations in air temperatures of -22 degrees and 36-degree water temperatures. Read More

Beijing Wants Arctic to Remain Peaceful, Chinese Diplomat Says

Beijing Wants Arctic to Remain Peaceful, Chinese Diplomat Says

The aurora borealis over Ice Camp Seadragon during Ice Exercise (ICEX) 2020. US Navy Photo

China’s top diplomat overseeing Arctic affairs recently stressed that Beijing wants the region to remain peaceful and stable, but recognizes competition – primarily economic for now – is real on several levels. Read More

Top Stories 2020: U.S. Coast Guard

Top Stories 2020: U.S. Coast Guard

An MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew based out of Air Station Kodiak and deployed aboard Cutter Alex Haley, prepares for a helicopter in-flight refueling at sea evolution with the cutter crew during a search and rescue case near Dutch Harbor, Alaska, Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2020. US Coast Guard Photo

This post is part of a series of stories looking back at the top naval news from 2020. Read More

Coast Guard Icebreaker Polar Star Bound for the Arctic in December

Coast Guard Icebreaker Polar Star Bound for the Arctic in December

The Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star breaks ice in McMurdo Sound near Antarctica on Jan. 13, 2018. US Coast Guard Photo

For the first time in almost five decades, the Coast Guard’s heavy icebreaker won’t be supporting Antarctic scientific missions in coming months but will operate instead the Arctic near Alaska, the ice breaker’s commander said recently. Read More