US Navy Nuclear Submarine Floating on Arctic Ice Breaker
[Global Times Comprehensive Report] An order from the U.S. Congress made the U.S. Navy howl. According to the US Navy Times on the 23rd, in response to Congresss order to establish a new permanent base in the Arctic, the front-line U.S. military responded that expanding its military presence in the Arctic faced too many practical difficulties, which was the worst order ever.
Reported that the latest section 1041 of the Defense Expenditure Act issued by the United States Congress proposed that the Pentagon should coordinate with the Coast Guard and the Maritime Administration to find a more strategic air and sea base in Arctic waters. The port of the base must be able to berth an Aegis missile destroyer, a National Guard legendary patrol ship and a heavy polar icebreaker. At the same time, the base should also have the ability to replenish weapons, store fuel and defend itself, and connect to airports that can guarantee the take-off and landing of military aircraft by road.
The reality, however, is that in the past 30 years, U.S. Navy surface vessels and aircraft carriers have rarely been involved in Arctic waters. Once in the extremely cold waters, sailors should always be prepared to break the ice on deck before it gets thicker, while using gaskets to prevent oil and liquid leaks from freezing. U.S. soldiers stationed in the Arctic must wear boots like Eskimos to avoid being frozen to death in the cold winter. If Congress thinks the Navy can cruise anywhere in the world, then the first thing to consider is hoarding baseball bats, silica gel heating pads, stoves and seven-layer hardened overalls, the report quipped.
Reported that the United States Congress is keen to expand the military presence in the Arctic Circle, the main starting point is to contain Russia. With the melting of Arctic glaciers, the Arctic Ocean sea lanes will be opened soon. The U.S. Congress has asked the Pentagon to guard against Russia taking the Arctic Ocean as a gateway and to create a quicker military offensive route or resource exploitation route.
However, Lawson Brigham, a longtime captain of a polar icebreaker, argues that any attempt to create an Arctic base faces multiple challenges. The U.S. Aegis destroyer cannot dock on the ice. First of all, it must find a deep-water port in the shallow waters of Western Alaska. No one will pay for the exploration. Secondly, the lack of basic transportation facilities in the Arctic Circle limits the use efficiency of Arctic Circle bases. The Pentagon may eventually spend a lot of resources to build a waste base that is largely unusable. (Liu Lexin)