Navy plans arctic capabilities exercise this fall

Arctic warming is changing the geopolitical situation in northern regions and the U.S. Navy plans a training exercise to test its readiness in Alaska waters.

The Arctic Expeditionary Capability Exercise is scheduled for this fall in various locations throughout Southcentral Alaska as well as around the Aleutian Chain.


“It’s basically an exercise that we’re going to use to demonstrate the feasibility of amphibious operations and logistics operations while operating over extended distances in the Alaska environment.”


That is Navy Spokesman Brandon Raile who works out of Anchorage.


“This exercise in general is a product of increased navy activity in the area which is because of the changing arctic conditions. For so long we haven’t really been able to do a lot in the arctic but things are opening up in the area and we need to be prepared for any eventuality in that situation.


ARCHIVE PHOTO – GULF OF ALASKA (May 14, 2019) Sailors heave a span wire aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Kidd (DDG 100) after completing a replenishment-at-sea while participating in Exercise Northern Edge 2019. The navy is expected to hold an exercise this fall in the Gulf of Alaska and around the Aleutian Chain to test arctic capabilities. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Ryan J. Batchelder/Released)


Raile said he could not give the dates of the maneuvers until the official announcement of the exercise is released.

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