gCaptain reports a Reuters interview with former Commandant Admiral Papp, now U.S. special representative for the Arctic Region, on the need for a heavy icebreaker and additional infrastructure in the Arctic. We are much less capable there than we were in the 1950s.
Meanwhile on the other side of the pole, the Russians are investing heavily, if perhaps not wisely.
On 23 Oct. the German Navy blog Marine Forum reported, “Baltic Shipyard plans to complete the world’s first floating nuclear power plant AKADEMIK LOMONOSOV in September 2016 … expected to provide power to Arctic cities.”
And the Russians tell us there is no need for NATO in the Arctic while reactivating Soviet era bases in the Arctic.