Video: USS Hartford (SSN 768) surfaces at the Arctic circle for ICEX 2016

New video of submarine surfacing through ice.

By Mike Goad


ARCTIC CIRCLE (March 10, 2016) USS Hartford (SSN 768) surfaces in the Arctic Circle near Ice Camp Sargo during Ice Exercise (ICEX) 2016. Servicemembers and civilians assigned to Arctic Submarine Lab clear ice from the hatches to allow for surface access.

ICEX is a five-week exercise designed to research, test, and evaluate operational capabilities in the region. (U.S. Navy video by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Tyler Thompson and Staff Sgt. Edward Eagerton/Released

49 thoughts on “Video: USS Hartford (SSN 768) surfaces at the Arctic circle for ICEX 2016

  1. I had the opportunity to do that in 1994 aboard the USS Whale (SSN638). It was an interesting experience. The ice looks much thinner than the stuff we punched through.
    [The Whale was at the north pole in 1969, this punch through was at the Arctic circle, at the thinner icepack but, looking at pix added below, thickness doesn’t look that much different -mod]
    USS Whale surfaces at North Pole 1969:

    • The Harford is a nuke boat. They would not shut down the reactor to run the diesel. The diesel isn’t running in the video.

      • I clearly saw smoke in the video at about 2:55. Diesel operation is quite independent of the reactor plant. The diesel ventilates the boat as nicely as does the LP blower. Your suggestion of the necessity of shutting down the plant in order to run the diesel is suggestive.

      • The diesel was not operating in the video. The snorkel mast was not raised. There is no exhaust coming from the vents, which are clearly visible at the aft end of the sail. The reactor does not need to be shut down to run the diesel but, if there reactor is operating, there is no reason to run the diesel. The ‘smoke’ you saw at about 2:50 is likely from somebody opening the lower hatch to the sail and venting some of the boats atmosphere.

  2. I have pictures from a Royal Naval ship in Antarctica in the 80’s. How can I post these images? I have permission from the owner.

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  3. Faked. Filmed at a community pool just down the street from the studio the moon landing was filmed in. The white stuff is styrofoam. The “subs” are plastic models. EVERYBODY knows the Arctic ice is long gone. and snow is but a memory.
    Do I need a /s? 🙂

  4. I think the submariner at time 1:50 is using the same ice scraper I use to clear snow and ice off of my car in the wintertime. 🙂

  5. We must also not forget another milestone. In 2007 two BBC presenters named Jeremy Clarkson and James May drove pick-up trucks to the North Pole. First time that has ever been done.

    • Wrong, they went to the 1996 position of the magnetic pole, and was probably south of 80°N latitude.

      • Oh, I think it was the first time people drove pickup trucks to the North Magnetic Pole. Unfortunately, I don’t think it was the first time someone tried to pass off the North Magnetic Pole as the North Pole. And to think I thought we had cleaned up that misinformation/overhyped trip.
        There will certainly be more overhyped trips in both the Arctic and Antarctic.

  6. no wonder there’s no ice left in the north pole…
    they keep punching holes in it
    if they want to save the ice, they need to quit driving around up there
    seriously folks, get with it!

    • Oh bull. 😛 We were doing our part to cool the earth. More open water means more energy lost to space. :))

  7. I was north of the arctic circle twice, but we never went under the ice, that I know of. Casimir Pulaski (SSBN 633) was a missile boat. We just went to see and hid for a couple months or so.

  8. Given the suggested weather cycle, possibly bringing 30 or so years of cooler temperatures(Northern hemisphere) and the massive gullibility present in todays electorate, I feel it is time to station a massive geosynchronous mirror focused on Hudson Bay Canada.
    We need a better skylab and Canada needs better weather.
    Need an ice free arctic?
    Canada is here to help.

    • Feel free to immigrate to the US. Come enjoy our much warmer weather and our soon to be President Trump.

  9. From about 20 seconds into the video you can see the ice moving on the wave propagated by the surfacing of the sub.

  10. Okay – inside the Arctic circle is Canadian territory – that tin can gotta go. Justin Trudeau were are you sonny – oh heck, forget it, we surrender.

  11. My first book on boats in about 1960 showed a picture of a US sub in the ice pack near the North Pole, I think

  12. SMC, thanks for posting so quickly. That probably shut down half a dozen “first time this has happened” comments from those who believe history started only 20 years ago.

  13. I thought it was the opening scene of 2001! the black box, then seeing the marked out cross on the ice, then the emergence, close but not quiet, my next thought was ‘missed it by that much!’
    Fantastic stuff!

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