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U.S. military tests Arctic operations

Updated 0453 GMT (1253 HKT) March 20, 2016
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The submarine USS Hampton (SSN 767) surfaces through the Arctic ice on March 14, 2016. Spec. 2nd Class Tyler Thompson/U.S. Navy
Sailors and civilians, assigned to Arctic Submarine Lab, clear the ice from the hatch of USS Hampton (SSN 767). Spec. 2nd Class Tyler Thompson/U.S. Navy
A Cessna Grand Caravan carrying supplies and passengers lands on an ice-runway at Ice Camp Sargo during Ice Exercise (ICEX) 2016 on March 8. Spec. 2nd Class Tyler Thompson/U.S. Navy
Dr. Joan Gardener, with the Naval Research Laboratory, scans the Arctic ice for a location to conduct research and collect data on March 8. Spec. 2nd Class Tyler Thompson/U.S. Navy
Ice Camp Sargo, located in the Arctic Circle, serves as the main stage for Ice Exercise (ICEX) 2016 and will house more than 200 participants from four nations over the course of the exercise. Spec. 2nd Class Tyler Thompson/U.S. Navy
An Air Force C-17 Globemaster III assigned to 29th Airlift Squadron drops an Arctic Sustainment Package as part of training during ICEX 2016. Aerographer's Mate 2nd Class Zachary Yanez/U.S. Navy
Fire Control Technician 1st Class David Toone looks for ice that can be melted down and used for potable water during ICEX 2016. Electronics Technician 2nd Class Nate Madlem/U.S. Navy
Fire Control Technician 1st Class David Toone, assigned to the Arctic Submarine Laboratory, mines ice that will be melted down and used as drinking water. Spec. 2nd Class Tyler Thompson/U.S. Navy
Coast Guard Diver 2nd Class Garett Brada performs an ice dive in the Arctic Circle during ICEX 2016. Spec. 2nd Class Tyler Thompson/U.S. Navy
The aurora borealis appears over Ice Camp Sargo as the sun sets during ICEX 2016. Electronics Technician 2nd Class Nate Madlem/U.S. Navy
An Army paratrooper parachutes into the Arctic Circle during ICEX 2016. Aerographer's Mate 2nd Class Zachary Yanez/U.S. Navy
Hector Castillo, with Arctic Submarine Lab, works on a field expedition in the Arctic Circle during ICEX 2016. Aerographer's Mate 2nd Class Zachary Yanez/U.S. Navy