WASHINGTON DC, The United States – The US Navy is considering using the P-8 Poseidon submarine hunt aircraft at a former Alaska base to closely monitor the actions of China and Russia in the Arctic.
According to US Secretary of the Navy, Richard Spencer, this action is due to the presence of Russian troops in the Arctic to conduct search and rescue missions. In addition to China’s growing presence in the region.
Spencer further states that the US must raise its forces as an attempt to figure US service in the region.
With respect to the Adak Island runway, a remote island hundreds of miles off the coast of Alaska and close to the island of Aleutian is being “very well formed” for the purpose of creating an airfield for the Navy.
Navy officials estimated a cost of approximately $1.3 billion to reactivate Adak’s base, but Spencer says the Navy would do so at a lower cost.
The Arctic region harbors approximately 15% of the world’s remaining oil, as well as 30% of natural gas deposits.
According to Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, the United States have created a second US Navy operational fleet since August with the goal of expanding its military presence in the Arctic. Meanwhile, as the US plans to expand, Russia would be planning strategies to contain any sort of threat in the region.
Meanwhile, the US Coast Guard could have given up the Arctic navigation freedom drills for fear its only ice breaker might break down, reports the Business Insider.
The newspaper notes that the Americans would not be willing to ask the Russians for help if any damage occurred on their ship.
According to the publication, the US has two icebreakers, but only one of the heavy class can be sent to the Arctic or Antarctica – the Polar Star. This ship is nearing the end of its useful life after more than 40 years in service. For this reason, according to the portal, the former US Coast Guard commander, Paul Zukunft, advised not to participate in the exercises.