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As Arctic Warms, U.S. Navy Considering Summer Transit, Bering Sea Port

January 09, 2019 / Patrick Tucker

In October 2017, not long after Richard Spencer became U.S. Navy Secretary, he visited Iceland to learn how Russia was asserting dominance in a warming Arctic landscape. “There was Russia, lighting up five Cold War runways with 10,000 Spetsnaz for ‘search and rescue,’” he said, referring to an exercise that spanned nearly the entire Russian coastline and which some observers said could mimic an Iceland assault.