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By By Airman 1st Class Brooke Wise, Peterson-Schriever Garrison Public Affairs
/ Published May 13, 2021
Thirty-two members from seven different U.S. Navy units; Naval Construction Group TWO (NCG 2), Naval Mobile Construction Battalion ONE (NMCB 1), Underwater Construction Team ONE (UCT-1), Naval Facilities Engineering Systems Command Expeditionary Warfare Center (NAVFAC EXWC), Naval Experimental Dive Unit (NEDU), Naval Sea Systems Command Office of the Director of Ocean Engineering Supervisor of Salvage and Diving (NAVSEA 00C), and Naval Dive and Salvage Training Center (NDSTC) conducted an arctic training and ice diving exercise at Thule Air Base, Greenland, from Feb. 26 to March 12, 2021. Lessons learned will help shape Artic Tactics, Techniques, and Procedures for both Naval expeditionary forces and divers.
U.S. Air Force Col. David Hanson, 821st Air Base Group commander, tests the cold Arctic water in North Star Bay, Greenland. The 4-foot-thick ice supported Seabees from Naval Mobile Construction Battalion One and Underwater Construction Team One of the U.S. Naval Construction Force during the Ice Exercise conducted from Feb. 26 to March 12, 2021. Three briefings and demonstrations were conducted during the exercise for 95 Team Thule members to learn about the Seabee mission, view the camp set up on the ice and watch live diving demonstrations.
U.S. Navy Seabees constructed an ice camp to support an arctic training and ice diving event in North Star Bay, Greenland, from Feb. 26 to March 12, 2021. An ice ramp was created to allow the Seabees to drive their equipment and tools directly to the ice camp.
Steelworker 2nd Class Kenneth Lancaster, left, helps U.S. Navy Seabee divers surface from under the ice in North Star Bay, Greenland. During the exercise the Navy tested their equipment and dive techniques in Arctic conditions. (Courtesy photo)