Ice Exercise (ICEX) 2009: U.S. Submarine USS Annapolis Breaks the Ice

by OldSailor on March 26, 2009


USS_Annapolis_SSN760 USS Annapolis (SSN 760), USS Helena (SSN 725) are participating in Ice Exercise (ICEX) 2009, a training and research exercise to test the operational capabilities of submarines in the Arctic. USS Annapolis visited the Applied Physics Laboratory Ice Station (APLIS) in the Arctic Sea for an overnight stay on March 21.

ICEX 2009 is a platform for the U.S.Navy’s submarine force, to develop operational and warfighting skills in Arctic’s unique operational environment. USS Annapolis and USS Helena are supported by the Applied Physics Laboratory, University of Washington (APL/UW) to conduct classified testing of submarine systems in Arctic environment.

Here are some amazing photographs released by U.S.Navy, of Los Angeles-class submarine USS Annapolis (SSN 760) breaking the Arctic ice.

USS Annapolis is seen on the surface of the Arctic Ocean after breaking through three feet of ice during ICEX 2009.


Members of the APLIS after clearing ice from the hatch of the USS Annapolis.


Read more about

  • visit of USS Annapolis to APLIS, from U.S.Navy.
  • visit of Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) to ICEX 2009 on March 21-22, from U.S.Navy.

More photographs of USS Annapolis on Arctic ice are at U.S.Navy.

  • Image1: Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Gary Roughead poses with Sailors of USS Annapolis while visiting the APLIS in the Arctic Ocean.
  • Image2: Members of the APLIS, clear ice from the hatch of USS Annapolis.

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Update: March 27

During ICEX 2009, the submariners are testing torpedo and sonar systems, while practicing wartime operations in an arctic environment. The exercise is expected to end in early April. Read more from U.S.Navy.

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