US Navy plans to send surface vessels through the Arctic

US Navy plans to send surface vessels through the Arctic

The United States Navy is drawing up plans to send multiple surface vessels through the Arctic Ocean this summer, signaling a potential change in...
New Coast Guard commandant sees the Arctic as an urgent concern

New Coast Guard commandant sees the Arctic as an urgent concern

Less than two months into his new job, Adm. Karl L. Schultz, the new commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard, encountered a surprise. The...
Congress calls for a new US Arctic defense strategy

Congress calls for a new US Arctic defense strategy

Last week, the new National Defense Authorization Act made headlines for strongly recommending the construction of six polar-class icebreakers in the next decade —...
Two U.S. bills could advance American presence in the Arctic

Two U.S. bills could advance American presence in the Arctic

A pair of bills due to be introduced in Congress later this year could help strengthen the United States’ role in the Arctic, say...
US has ‘vital national interests’ at stake in Russia-China relationship in the Arctic, expert says

US has ‘vital national interests’ at stake in Russia-China relationship in...

China and Russia have a complicated relationship in the Arctic, and the details of that relationship will be important to the United States.That's according...
Barentsburg aims to transform from a coal town into a gateway for Russia’s Arctic tourism

Barentsburg aims to transform from a coal town into a gateway...

For visitors, the Russian town on Norway’s Svalbard archipelago combines the contrasts of pristine Arctic beauty and Soviet style industry. Nowadays, however, Barentsburg is...
A shifting north magnetic pole forces an unprecedented navigation fix

A shifting north magnetic pole forces an unprecedented navigation fix

The Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights) is seen over a mountain camp north of the Arctic Circle, near the village of Mestervik,...
Canada launches its first new icebreaker in 25 years

Canada launches its first new icebreaker in 25 years

Welcome to Canada, CCGS Capt. Molly Kool: On Dec. 14, the retrofitted and repainted ice-class tug from Norway became the first addition to the...
Russian buildup worries Norway before big NATO military exercise

Russian buildup worries Norway before big NATO military exercise

NY-AALESUND, Norway — On the Arctic archipelago of Svalbard, the sun does not rise for four months of the year and it is so...
New U.S. spending bill brings icebreaker funding back

New U.S. spending bill brings icebreaker funding back

The U.S. government's $330 billion spending bill, released late Wednesday evening, includes funding for new icebreakers.The budget includes a total of $675 million for...